The Russian River Valley AVA is located on 155,000 acres in Sonoma County, California. Situated on the Russian River, the appellation was granted AVA status in 1983 and has over 10,000 acres currently under vine. The soil of the Russian River Valley varies by region. Layers of volcanic ash and eroded bedrock have created a sandstone that cover most of the region. Near the Russian River itself, there is alluvial soil, and in the northern most region, clay soil is abundant. The variety of soils gives the Russian River Valley a great range in the profiles of its varietals. The Russian River Valley's feature characteristic is its cool climate, generated by fog and coastal breezes due to the valley's proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area features varietals known to grow well in cool climates. The region is best known for its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay production.
The Russian River Valley is blessed by a myriad of microclimates – however, the unifying characteristic are foggy mornings and evenings that cool off hot summer days in the vineyard. The result is an extended growing season that allows grapes to fully ripen while keeping their fresh, vibrant acidity. This climate is a perfect showcase for Sauvignon Blanc – the grape is at once both plush and tropical as well as pleasantly invigorating – the best of both worlds.
Pale straw gold in color, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is bracingly fresh on the nose. Notes of gooseberry, kefir lime, sweet ginger and white pepper give way to more tropical fruits like pineapple and lychee with time in the glass. The result of an extended draught, this vintage shows great concentration and precision on the palate with laser-like focus on bright citrus, candied orange and green papaya. Juicy and penetrating, the finish lingers and cleanses with final notes of key lime and stony minerality.