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Cinnabar Winery

2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Kelsey Bench, Lake County

2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Kelsey Bench, Lake County

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SKU: 6724

The Taste


Jasmine, Melon, Kiwi, Wet Stones

The Science




Varietal Content
100% Sauvignon Blanc

Los Lomas Vineyard

168 cases produced
Harvested Sept. 10, 2017
Released June 1, 2018

The Magic

  • Whole-cluster pressed
  • Fermented for 3 weeks in stainless-steel tanks
  • Fermented cold to 50 degrees
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • No oak

The Alchemists


George Troquato, Winemaker &
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master

The Grape

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.

The Land

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 Season


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.

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