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Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Randle Hill Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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Review by >  90 pts, Gold Medal

A well structured, complex and age-worthy wine; greatly benefits from aeration.

This wine was produced from our Randle Hill Vineyard and is always made in the same way including 100% barrel fermention to give it a lovely weight and texture on the tongue. However, older French oak barrels are used so that no woody or oaky flavor is imparted yet the wine benefits from richer mouth-feel.

26th Consecutive Vintage

...both for its crisp refreshing promise of summer days as well as its affinity to summer bounty. It pairs happily with springtime asparagus and artichoke and is delicious with heirloom tomatoes too. Daily walks in our vineyard typically take us up into the hills behind our tasting room where our Sauvignon Blanc grows.

Estate Grapes Grow On Benchlands In The Yorkville Highlands

There are gentle south facing slopes, plateaus and north facing hills as well as a steep terraces; vines range in age from 8 to 37 years and grapes are handpicked at dawn over many days. We have old cane pruned vines, middle aged vines trellised on a Geneva double curtain and, interspersed, some youngsters planted to replace the old vines that have done their job. A bottle of our Sauvignon Blanc expresses each terrain; voluptuous fruit from the southern exposure, zippy citrus from the cooler exposures and keen aromatics from steep thin soils. The result is a complex and immensely satisfying wine.

Winemaker Notes - Vegan Friendly!

Our S.B. vines are descendants of original cuttings in the 1880's of Sauvignon Blanc vines from the iconic Bordeaux vineyard Chateau d'Yquem. Harvested on several days between September 24 and Octover 4th, the fruit went into the winery with a perfect balance of sugars and crisp acidity. As with all of our white wines, the grapes were crushed directly to the press, and cold settled for 24 hours before being transferred to 100% seasoned small French oak barrels for fermentation and sur-lie ageing. Our 2018 vintage is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from our Randle Hill Organic Vineyard. 

"The Older the Vine, The Better the Wine"

Some of our S.B. vines date back to 1982. Each year the roots grow deeper and spread allowing them to increase nutrient absorption. This ultimately increases complexity in the wine produced.

Awards By Vintage - Sauvignon Blanc, Our Randle Hill Vineyard  

2018 - 90 pts,
2017 - 90 pts,
2016 - Silver, L.A. Int'l Wine Competition
2015 - Silver, S.F. Chronicle Wine Competition
2014 - 93 pts/ Gold, Critics Challenge Int'l Wine Comp;  91 pts, Ken's Wine Guide
2013 - Gold, Orange County Wine Comp
2012 - Gold, Orange County Wine Comp;  90 pts & Best Buy, 

Review of the 2018 vintage as published on Aug. 19, 2020 on:  

Wine Specs
Sauvignon Blanc
Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino
Vineyard Designation
Randle Hill Organic Vineyard
8.1 g/L
Alcohol %