2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Kelsey Bench, Lake County
Jasmine, Melon, Kiwi, Wet Stones
- Whole-cluster pressed
- Fermented for 3 weeks in stainless-steel tanks
- Fermented cold to 50 degrees
- No malolactic fermentation
- No oak
George Troquato, Winemaker &
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Sauvignon Blanc is native to France, where it is grown both in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux. Wines made from this grape are typically high in acid and mostly made dry. This variety is often blended with Semillon, as in Bordeaux, to soften the acidity. Sauvignon Blanc wines tend to express aromas and flavors of grass, grapefruit, melon, and flint; toast and smoke when oak-aged.
Los Lomas Vineyard is in the Kelsey Bench AVA of Lake County. The vineyards here are 1,600 feet in elevation on rocky, volcanic loam and gravelly soils. Los Lomas is located at the southern end near Clear Lake. Warm days are moderated by the thermal mass of the lake, providing a cooling effect, which is key to retaining acidity in mature wine grapes.
The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain. An overall warm year with one major heat spike in August brought a slightly below-average size crop with good intensity and flavor.