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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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