2011 Isa

$22.00

Rose gold color; smells like tangerine, basil and light honey; has real texture and is quite savory. Lovely with turkey, Brussel sprouts and winter squashes. Should be served barely cool.

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Description

Vineyard:
The Big Valley AVA is renowned for being the perfect place for Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard has an ideal combination of volcanic and alluvial soils which make for a singular expression of the variety, and provide excellent drainage that forces vine roots to go deep for water. This nutrient rich soil with a substantial amount of mineral make for wines that are often thought to have a ‘twang’ to them. And I love a bit of twang in my wines. Sustainably farmed, and almost organic at this point, the vines are about 20 years old and yields are between 3 and 5 tons per acre depending on vintage. These older vines deliver more intensity than younger vines. All of this makes for wines of intensity and concentration.

Winemaker’s Notes:
Burnished amber color tending toward rose gold, brilliant; a unique nose with tangerine peel, fresh basil, minerals, light honey, and an iron element that is hard to describe; much the same in the mouth with real texture, bright acids, intensity and a long, cleansing finish. At first sip, I get the fruit flavors but as the wine passes over my tongue, it becomes more savory. Not quite an “orange” wine in the traditional sense (no oxidation here), but a wine that will pair well with almost anything that isn’t red meat. Should drink well on release and gain color, depth and complexity over a decade. This wine should never be over-chilled; cellar temperature or warmer for service.

Retail Price:
$22

Varietal:
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Brix at Harvest:
20.9

Alcohol:
12.5%

Winemaking:
Gently de-stemmed & hand sorted, skin fermented until dry, malolactic fermentation in barrel

Cooperage:
Aged 6-7 year old French oak barrels

Production:
290 cases

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