2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Our fruit for the Viewpoint Sauvignon Blanc comes from a tiny hillside vineyard on Sonoma Mountain. With an elevation of 980 ft with a south facing aspect, the fruit sees plenty of sun. But with that elevation and location, the vineyard drains of heat at night and is often shrouded in fog all morning. These qualities help fully ripen the SB, but also retain the characteristic acidity and low pH that give Sav Blanc its zippy, crisp, refreshing nature.
2012 was a gorgeous growing season and our wine shows the full complexity of SB. Harvested by hand at 2am on October 2 the fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in a stainless tank at 52degrees. Fermentation proceeded until the wine had just a little over 2g/l of residual sugar. We left the wine not quite dry to balance the acidity which sits at .82 g/l and the pH which is quite low at 3.1. Also, the alcohol was already nearing 14.5%, at which total dryness could make it seem hot.
This wine opens with a juicy mouthful of gooseberry and grapefruit and fills the nose with aromas of starfruit and limes. The finish is long and silky. Best enjoyed chilled to 40°, it will pair beautifully with spicy asian food, blackened fish, or a fresh peppered goats cheese.