2016 Reserve Sauvignon BlancThe Reserve is a blend of fruit from Boushey Vineyard in Yakima Valley and Stillwater Creek Vineyard on the Royal Slope. Boushey provides the freshness, with lower sugar levels and terrific aromatic complexity. Stillwater brings a more viscous mouthfeel with a tropical burst of green guava and passionfruit. Together, they deliver a multi-layered wine that balances fresh fruit and bright acidity, delivering a crisper, greener profile.
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"Bright light yellow. Cool aromas of grass, flowers and white pepper are youthfully compressed today but convey an impression of incipient complexity. Offers more texture and depth than the entry-level Sauvignon Blanc, with its concentrated but tight lemon drop and grass flavors in need of another 6 to 12 months in bottle to expand. Finishes very long and fresh, with a hint of jalapeño and a firm mineral underpinning. A serious if backward white wine with noteworthy intensity and sophistication."
91 points - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
Additional Information about this vintage
Vineyard Philosophy: The sauvignon blanc lots at Boushey Vineyard in the Yakima Valley are picked primarily at first light or at night when temps are lower. The Stillwater fruit is from a very small spot in our block that is picked earlier than any other to provide us with hints of green Guava and Passion Fruit rather than the typical Pineapple and melon tones that come from our later picks. The grapes from both sources are hand sorted at the vineyard and then shipped to the winery in refrigerated trucks.
Winemaking Philosophy: Fruit arrives at the winery, still cold, around 8:30am. The wine is pressed with a bladder press in a static environment, then settled for 48 hours before being transferred to fermentation vessels (85% concrete, 15% stainless). After aging, we carefully evaluate the aromatic profile of each egg and stainless-steel barrel and then the palate presentation. Only the barrels that most embody our house style are selected to be blended and bottled as our Reserve vintages.
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