2018 Reserve Sauvignon BlancThe 2018 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is crafted from two vineyard sites in Washington State AVAs, located in the Yakima Valley and Royal Slope region of the Columbia Valley. Each vineyard is farmed using sustainable practices. For maximum concentration, both vineyards were farmed at one cluster per shoot and then hand-harvested in the early morning between September 10th - September 14th. Upon arriving in the winery, each vineyard lot was hand-sorted, whole cluster pressed and left to settle for 24-48 hours. The wine was fermented in a combination of small concrete eggs and larger French oak puncheons. A small amount of lees was kept with the wine during racking and then moved to two 860L French oak puncheons where it was rolled for 3 months before being settled in bottle on July 3rd, 2019. This wine was evaluated over 40 times by our winemaking team. Only 2 large format barrels were used, resulting in 171 cases.
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"Editor's Choice. Fermented in concrete eggs and puncheons, this wine is a blend of Royal Slope and Yakima Valley fruit. Appealing aromas of pink grapefruit, whole ginger, herb, gooseberry, wet slate, kiwi, white peach and citrus are followed by medium-bodied, well-balanced tropical and citrus fruit flavors, with a lingering finish that ups the interest. It brings a sense of seriousness and heft and should do well with some bottle age. Serious stuff."
92 points - Sean Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
Additional Information about this vintage
Harvest & Farming Practices: Fruit from the Boushey Touro Vineyard in the Yakima Valley was farmed at one cluster per shoot for both the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Together they comprised 88% of this wine while the remaining 12% came from Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope. Both sites slope slightly north and are farmed with vertical shoot positioning. A light western sprawl is allowed at Stillwater Creek to protect from the afternoon sun. The Boushey Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon were harvested by hand the morning of September 11th, while the Stillwater Creek Sauvignon Blanc was harvested by hand the morning of the 14th of September.
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