Our Sauvignon Blanc offers primary aromas of lemon flower perfume with notes of lemon meringue pie. On the palate, the wine shows laser-focused acidity and minerality, but is still quite round with good weight and richness. The finish lingers with a delicious hint of Anjou pear.
Our Bell Mountain Estate ranch stretches from Alexander Valley in the north to Russian River Valley in the south and borders Chalk Hill. This unique site location, with less than 20% planted to vines, affords us a multitude of microclimates and well-drained, gravelly-caly soil with a compacted layer of volcanic ash underneath to grow our grapes. There's a strong sense of place and personality in our estate wines... something that we pride ourselves on.
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc offers primary aromas of lemon flower perfume with notes of lemon meringue pie. On the palate, the wine shows laser-focused acidity and minerality, but is still quite round with good palate weight and richness. The finish lingers with a delicious hint of Anjou pear.
After harvesting the grapes and bringing them into the winery, we macerate the grapes overnight instead of going direct-to-press. This brief skin contact extracts just enough tannin to provide structure to the finish wine, and allows us to extract and intensify the unique varietal character of Sauvignon Blanc. We barrel-ferment a small amount of the wine in neutral oak barrels to provide roundness and to balance the wine's natural acidity.
2017 was a year of extremes. The winter gave us twice our normal rainfall ending a five-year drought. The summer gave us more scorchers than we care to count (16 days over 100 degrees!) The season ended with the most devastating fire in California's history. We hope to never see a year like this one again. Despite the challenging growing conditions, we were able to make some of our greatest wines - bright and aromatic whites and rosé plus supple, concentrated reds. As with everything in winemaking, and farming in general, timing was key. Knowing when to pick (or just being lucky) made all the difference.