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Sauvignon Blanc, Alamo Pintado Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc, Alamo Pintado Vineyard Wine Details

Description: Once again the Alamo Pintado Vineyard has produced another stunning vintage of Sauvignon Blanc. Planted in 1973, the 11.5 acre vineyard is now bearing some of the most expressive Sauvignon Blanc in the County. And with only 4 acres of the vineyard planted to Sauvignon Blanc, mostly only Wine Club members get to try the Foley Sauvignon Blanc, Alamo Pintado Vineyard experience. In 2001, Foley vineyard manager, Stan Johnson, had his team pull extra leafs off the canopy’s basal side, thus exposing those grapes to added morning sun which ultimately harmonized the ripening of the fruit. The extra sun proved invaluable as the fruit ripened at a steady rate and became the first varietal harvested in 2001. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice racked into stainless steel tanks to cold settle overnight before being inoculated. After a day or two of primary fermentation, the wine was transferred into seasoned French oak barrels to barrel ferment and commence malolactic fermentation. The 2001 vintage was bottled in May after ten months of barrel aging.

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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