Mineral structure, poached pear, creaminess, long finish.
Grassy, gooseberry on the nose, greengage plum, tangerine blossom, classic, Sancerre style, a touch of minerality, key lime pie, and a bit of kerosene on the finish.
20 months in neutral oak barrels
2,600 elevation at this vineyard.
Slight reduction on the nose, rubber hose, dried apricots, rich - powerful entry, medium palate, golden raisins - a white wine for red wine drinkers.
The owners of this vineyard warned Andy & Ali that there might not be any grapes left as they were so ripe and juicy that the deer were devouring them. However, Ali, sensing the grapes needed to be saved, immediately did an inversion in the middle of the winery, in hopes of warding off the deer AND convincing the owners that indeed these grapes would be in the right hands. Fortunately, the inversion worked and as they say, the rest is history.
Appellation: Mendocino Ridge
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.