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Recently we started to prepare our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc for bottling on April 14th and the delicious aromas inspired me to write a little about the grape in general, for those who might be interested.
This white variety originates from the legendary Bordeaux valley in France and received its name from the two French words sauvage (wild) and blanc (white). Somewhere during the evolution of Sauvignon Blanc it was crossed with Cabernet Franc to produce the now dominating red variety in the Bordeaux region, Cabernet Sauvignon. This grape is native to South West France but is currently cultivated all over the world, New Zealand, Chile, California and many others. The Sauvignon Blanc world is basically divided into two different styles, “Old World” (north of the Equator) and “New World” (south of the Equator). Its original makers being the “Old World” use warmer fermentations and more oak to create more mineral flavors and the “New World” use more Stainless Steel and cooler fermentations to enhance the fruit and grassy flavors.
During the 1880’s Charles Wetmore, founder of Cresta Blanca winery, was the first to bring Sauvignon Blanc cuttings to California. So 139 years later we are still enjoying this wonderful variety at Presquile Winery. We put our various components of the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc into tank on the 18th of Feb, onto 4% fine leese. These components consist of 22% Stainless Steel, 33% Concrete and 45% neutral oak fermentation. We decided to do a little more neutral oak fermentation this year, to gain some weight on the pallet. All the fermentations were completed with Native yeast. In addition to White Hills Vineyard our 2010 includes some new clones from Riverbench Vineyard, which has added a significant tropical tone to this wine. The current blend of vineyards are 34% White Hills and 66% Riverbench. Over the next few weeks we will be stabilizing this wine on 4% leese to make sure we deliver a fresh balanced wine.
Looking forward to have this one in bottle!
As the warmer months approach this Sauvignon Blanc will drink well by itself or with some seafood next to it.
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“Life is too short for drinking bad wine”
It has been an exiting start to the year here at Presqu’ile. We’ve been busy preparing for our second release (expect something from Amanda on this shortly!) and our first wine club shipment April 25. First out the door will be our 2009 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, 2010 Sauvignon Blanc and the first of four new additions to the line up, 2010 Rose of Pinot Noir. Our second phase of the release will happen August 29th with the release of two new Pinots, one made exclusively from Presqu’ile’s estate vineyard and a 2008 Syrah. I should note that the Rose and Syrah will be available only through our website and wine club. Incentive? I think so!
I am pleased to announce that Presqu’ile will be available in a few more states this year. Look for our wines soon in Cleveland, Cincinatti and Columbus as well as Kansas City, St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and your email inbox for details on exciting events in Cleveland, Little Rock, Fayetteville, New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Houston starting mid March. We’re also working on events in Dallas, Austin, Kansas City, St. Louis and Oklahoma City to take place early summer.
As a great sommelier once told me, stay thirsty for balanced wines.