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2019
Sauvignon Blanc

Virginia's Block, Jane's Vineyard - Russian River Valley
Russian River Valley

25.00 750ml

Taste Profile

Our 2019 Virginia's Block Sauvignon Blanc opens with bright grapefruit and quince notes, with lime and savory herbal tones in the background. The body is surprisingly supple, with vibrant acidity which creates a contrast on the palate, with a richness, and sweet and sour flavors vying for control. The flavors continue on through the finish aided by the return of the grapefruit and quince notes with lingering citrus zest. Enjoy this wine with tangy soft or hard cheeses, pickled beet salad, oysters, salmon or shellfish, or anything your heart desires..

Vineyard

Deep in the heart of the Russian River Valley, we have a five acre gem of Sauvignon Blanc. As a tribute to Davis Bynum's second love, we named the five acres Virginia's Block. The vines are planted in east-west rows in shallow gravelly Huichica loam. The vines are cane pruned and trained to open up the canopy to allow the sunlight to touch the fruit. These fruit clusters turn golden through harvest, as the flavors become fully mature.

Style

In order to highlight the fruit character and complexity of Virginia's Block we fermented this vintage with four different yeast, and used three different types of fermenters. Most of it was fermented in 3 to 4 year old French oak barrels (51%) which imbues a subtle richness to the wine with very low oak flavor. Secondarily, stainless steel drums (41%) were used, which highlights fresher acidity and fruit aromas, while a small portion (8%) was fermented in Acacia puncheons for a twist of citrus and floral character. To preserve the fresh acidity, Virginia's Block did not go though malolactic fermentation. The finished blend was gently fined and bottled unfiltered to leave the wine with as much flavor and aroma as possible.

Harvest Date
Sept 25, 2019
Avg. Brix at Harvest
23.6 Brix
Oak Aging
10 weeks in 51% old French oak barrels, 41% stainless drums, 8% new Acacia
ALC
14.5%
PH
3.06
TA
0.73 g/100mL
Soil
Shallow, gravelly clay loam
The Harvest
2019 was another fantastic vintage. It started off with a copious amount of much-needed rain saturating the soil in late winter. Even more precipitation came in the spring, which is usual for the Russian River Valley, as the vines started to grow. The total precipitation surprisingly climbed over 150% of normal! A heat spell in early June acclimated the vines to warmer weather, followed by more moderate weather in the following weeks. A high pressure ridge over the desert southwest region in early August caused temperatures to climb on California's north coast, pushing the sugars up and allowing the berries to develop ripe flavors. We hand-picked Virginia's Block at 23.6 brix and full of citrusy flavor under optimal conditions in the cool early morning hours of September 25th.
Produced Appellation
Russian River Valley
Vineyard
Virginia's Block, Jane's Vineyard - Russian River Valley
Winemakers
Greg Morthole, David Ramey (consulting)
Soil
Shallow, gravelly clay loam
Oak Aging
10 weeks in 51% old French oak barrels, 41% stainless drums, 8% new Acacia

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