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Bottling of the 09 Sauvignon Blanc

Bottling of the 09 Sauvignon Blanc

Spring is always a time of great excitement at the winery because bottling time for our white wines has arrived. We’re near the end of the grapes’ journey from bud break to nurturing to harvesting to aging in the barrel to blending trials that eventually lead to wine in the bottle.

Spring is always a time of great excitement at the winery because bottling time for our white wines has arrived. We're near the end of the grapes' journey from bud break to nurturing to harvesting to aging in the barrel to blending trials that eventually lead to wine in the bottle.

After being fermented in stainless steel at a very low temperature, a portion of the Sauvignon Blanc spends its time in 'Neutral' French oak barrels. These neutral oak barrels held previous vintages of our chardonnay, and do not impart a strong oak component to the wine, but do add a nice round mid-pallet that heightens the complexity.

We go through multiple blending trials until we're completely satisfied with the final blend. The finished wine shows notes of white grapefruit, linden flower, and melon that are mirrored in the mouth. This wine will be similar to previous vintages in that it is wonderful expression of the terroir of Knights Valley, and shows a mouthwatering brightness and finishes with a long, stony mineral finish.

We will be bottling the 09 vintage in a few weeks.

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Bottling of the 09 Sauvignon Blanc