2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Farina Vineyard
Once again, well-drained soils, a near-perfect vintage and meticulous farming allowed us to pick at peak ripeness. We fermented in a combination of small (240 gal) concrete egg, Acacia barrels, neutral French oak barrels and small stainless-steel barrels. We stirred each barrel by hand during the 10 months of fermentation and aging, which adds a touch of creaminess. We kept it chilly in the cellar for a long cool fermentation, allowing the fresh juicy fruit flavors and exotic tropical fruit notes to shine.
It could be described as “California” in style. Just ripe enough to bring out the tropical fruit yet picked early enough to capture the crisp apple and Meyer lemon notes. The bright acidity is in balance with the lush fruit flavors and the essence of creaminess from the time spent on the lees. The crisp finish has richly woven notes of jasmine, pineapple and Golden Delicious apple.
91 Points, James Suckling (Oct. 2021)