2021 Burning Daylight Sauvignon Blanc
93 pts, Wine Enthusiast
Sauvignon Blanc grows exceptionally well at Bell Mountain where we use two distinct rootstocks and clones to create variety and flavor in our wines. Grapes are harvested over a period of two weeks to allow ripening for different levels of acidity and sugar, creating more flavors. The experimentation continues in the winery where the wine is placed into a mix of new and neutral acacia and oak barrels after fermentation to impart additional flavors while allowing for a longer maturation period. All of these factors combined to create an exceptionally aromatic, rich, and balanced wine with an array of flavors bursting from the glass.
The 2021 Burning Daylight Sauvignon Blanc brings fruit-forward aromas of guava, pineapple, and green fig, balanced by notes of ripe lemon, cardamom, and white flowers. The palate is crisp and round with a long, satisfying finish with lingering flavors of mandarin and guava. The barrel exposure highlights the lively mouthwatering acidity that cleanses the finish. The gentle impact from the French oak in combination with light lees stirring creates a softly textured and balanced wine with a lush, vibrant taste that lingers long after drinking.
2021 vintage is one to remember. Vines enjoyed mild and ideal ripening weather throughout the summer and fall with very few days of intense heat spikes. This allowed us to pick at the ideal time for each variety and block at Bell Mountain Vineyard. The acidity held up as the flavor and fruit development continued with ample ripening time for an abundance of aromatic qualities and elegant fruit flavors to develop. Drought conditions for the third consecutive year impacted vine vigor and crop potential. Berry and cluster sizes were on the smaller side but yielded a high concentration of flavor with an increased skin-to-juice ratio. 2021 has some of the lowest yields since we’ve been farming Bell Mountain Vineyard, but this was surpassed by the exceptional quality of the wines.