Sonoma Valley received its designation as an AVA in 1987. Situated across 60,065 acres, Sonoma Valley includes sub-appellations Bennett Valley, Los Carneros, Sonoma Mountain, and Moon Mountain District Sonoma County. The Sonoma Mountain protects Sonoma Valley from the wet and cool influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean. The Sonoma Mountains to the west help protect the valley from excessive rainfall. The cool air that does affect the region flows northward up from San Pablo Bay through the Los Carneros region.
Crinella Marino Vineyard, Russian River Valley
With a long, cool growing season, the cool climate of the Russian River Valley keeps wines crisp while allowing the natural character of the climate to shine through. The picturesque Crinella Marino vineyard is located in one of the warmer areas of the Russian River Valley and experiences less rain and weather challenges than many other sites in the region.
The grapes offer a combination of a sophisticated Sancerre of the Loire Valley and the grassier New Zealand selections. This is a California wine for a Sauvignon Blanc enthusiast.
Pale straw gold in color, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is the sum of three distinct parts. At first, bold citrus and tropical notes dominate: Meyer lemon, grapefruit, lychee, honeydew melon, pineapple and kiwi. Secondary notes balance the fruit with lemongrass, clover and a hint of sweet ginger. Tertiary flavors of wet rock, shortbread and vanilla round the palette and draw the juicy tropical notes through the finish. The bright acidity brings focus to the lush citrus and ripe fruit notes while finishing with bright key lime and stony minerality.
Fresh aromas of lemon, Asian pear and stone fruits. The palate is bright and lively with lime zest, lemon verbena, and a hint of hay. The wine is balanced with a good acidity and a nice mineral finish. Fresh, delicate, attractive, yet rich at the same time. Drink on its own or pair with seafood, poultry, spicy food and anything that inspires you.