The 2018 Davis Bynum Sauvignon Blanc opens with wonderful notes of citrus, green apple, tropical fruit and peach. The body of the wine is medium in weight with pineapple and herbal notes coming through on the clean finish which is balanced with fresh acidity. Enjoy this wine with mild, creamy cheeses, fresh green salads, oysters, salmon or shellfish.
Deep in the heart of the Russian River Valley, we have a five acre gem of Sauvignon Blanc. As a tribute to Davis Bynums second love, who he found later in life, we named the five acres Virginias 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.
We like to highlight the ripe fruit characteristics of Virginias Block, while maintaining the acidity for the structure of the wine. The fruit was whole cluster pressed, and 75% fermented with native yeast while 25% was inoculated, in neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel drums, and 20% Acacia puncheons (10% new). We aged the wine sur lie with periodic bâtonnage to add complexity and nuance. In order to preserve the bright acidity and fresh fruit character, our Virginias Block does not go through malolactic fermentation. After four months aging, we racked the wine to stabilize and settle in tank for four weeks before bottling it unfiltered.