The Vice Sauvignon Blanc, 2017, Batch #9
A wild vintage! The year began with abundant rainfall following a historic five years of drought. A mild spring followed by a freak hail storm in June that near missed our vineyard. Two heat waves during the summer, a third one right after we harvested during Labor Day Weekend. Cool weather settled in until the wildfires ravaged the region starting October 8th. While part of the vineyard burned, the winery was miraculously spared.
Certified Organic single vineyard located in tiny Lovall Valley. Lovall Valley, only 1.25 miles long and less than a half-mile wide — occupies a unique position in terms of geography, climate and viticulture. The valley sits ringed by wooded hills at approximately 650 feet elevation. Accessible only from Sonoma, yet located in Napa County, it is the coldest place in all of Napa to grow grapes.
Harvest & Fermentation
The grapes were harvested early in the morning of August 28th, 2017. Then they were sorted once in the field and transported to the winery where they were sorted once again, before a long gently pressing and settling in the tank for 48 hours. After 2 days, it was racked to another tank where it was inoculated with PDM yeast and distributed between a concrete egg, new Orion French Oak barrels, and once used "cigar" barrels. The juice was kept on its lees for an additional nine months in all containers without stirring, to give the wine more vibrancy and depth of flavor.
The wine jumps off the glass with a lively exotic bouquet. Guava, passion fruit and pink grapefruit are intertwined with peach blossom and kiwi. On the palate, the tropical cocktail of flavors continues. Barrel fermentation adds texture, density and viscosity to the mid-palate while concrete aging adds a touch of flint, minerality and richness to the mouth-watering finish. Irresistible now, Batch #9 will age gracefully for the next 4-6 years and beautifully accompany a wide range of cuisines.
Residual Sugar: 0.3g/L
BevVeg Certified Vegan
Production: 840 cases