2017 Obsidian Ridge
With aromas of lime and gooseberry and a hint of fresh herbs, our first-ever Sauvignon Blanc has crisp green apple flavors and a clean finish that refreshes as it lingers. A bright fruitiness and a touch of creaminess make this an ideal wine to accompany the warm days of summer.
The land surrounding our Obsidian Ridge vineyard has a long tradition of growing the classic Bordeaux varietals, among them Sauvignon Blanc. As inquisitive growers incessantly searching for a new challenge, we are now experimenting with this varietal. We vinified a small batch that has proved worthy of sharing.
The 2017 growing season enjoyed generous yields and excellent grape quality. Winter rains ended California's five-year drought, invigorating cover crops and replenishing groundwater to provide budding vines with ample nourishment. The Jacobsen Ranch, just below us at 1,450' elevation, enjoyed generous sunshine and cool evening temperatures; ideal growing conditions for Sauvignon Blanc. We harvested grapes on September 8th, slightly later than normal but well in advance of the 2017 wildfires that ravaged much of the state (but ultimately left our corner of the Mayacamas Mountains untouched).
Grapes were harvested in the cool pre-dawn hours and pressed whole-cluster upon arrival at the winery. The juice was kept cold in tank throughout the fermentation process, which lasted several weeks. We bottled the wine only a few months after harvest in order to preserve the clean, bright flavors and lovely aromatics of this varietal.
Alex Beloz, Winemaker