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Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Carol's Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: The vintage of 2005 can be characterized by one word – ‘refreshing.’ Refreshing in that we had normal rainfall after two years of drought, and warm weather without heat storms at the end of the vintage, creating a frenzied dash to harvest – a year that put calm back into winemaking. This vintage marks the fifth year of production of J. Lohr Carol’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, and a year in which I have put four years of learning to good use. We hand harvested an early pick at 20.2º Brix on August 16th to capture some of the fresh herbaceous essence and bracing acidity, followed by a second and final harvest nine days later on August 25th at 22.6º Brix with riper, citrus-based flavors. The early pick Sauvignon Blanc was destemmed, crushed and held on the skins for twenty-four hours prior to pressing, and was fermented in a combination of stainless steel barrels and tank. The second harvest was destemmed, pressed and settled in tank and was fermented in a combination of French oak barrels and a stainless steel tank. All winemaking was done in a very reductive environment (excluding oxygen) and the resultant wine is an elegant style of citrus-influenced Sauvignon Blanc.

Varietal Definition
Sauvignon Blanc:
Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California — at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety — and often assumes the moniker ‘Fume Blanc’. This popular synonym, credited to Napa’s Robert Mondavi, derives from the grape’s historic home of Pouilly in France’s Upper Loire Valley, where Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant varietal and goes locally by the name of ‘Blanc Fumé’. When treated with respect and afforded suitable growing conditions, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the wine world’s darlings. Steely, racy acidity, green, gooseberry fruit, asparagus and a grassy, herbaceous character characterize dry wines made from this grape.


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