The Lake County appellation is in a mountainous region that sits at 1,400 ft. above sea level. The air is dry, the days are warm and the nights are cool. The sole source for this wine, Springer Vineyard is located in the Big Valley section of the Lake County AVA.
On September 12, 2013 we harvested 4 tons of perfectly ripened Sauvignon Blanc from the vineyard. We whole cluster pressed half of the fruit directly to a stainless steel tank for settling. With the other half of the fruit, we destemmed, crushed and soaked it on its skins for 24 hours before pressing it. We then racked the juice to neutral barriques for its fermentation and aging. The wine remained on its lees, and was occasionally stirred during fermentation to enhance flavor and texture. After 6 months in barrel, we blended the components and bottled the wine.
On the nose, we get scents of peach and gooseberry popping out of the glass. The mouthfeel is round with great fruit character, but balanced by its acidity. The finish is slightly chalky and lingers on the palate. This wine is the ultimate summertime food wine. It is racy, vibrant and quite versatile at the dinner table. Some of our favorite pairings as of late have been tempura vegetables, ceviche and Greek style grilled lamb burgers.