2018 Obsidian Ridge Sauvignon Blanc
The color is classic Sauvignon Blanc dried straw. Aromatics are tropical: pineapple, kiwi and lime with a bit of geranium and wet slate on a warm day. Flavors are less tropical and closer to home: almost-ripe white peach, gooseberry and tangerine with a hint of Bosc pear and cilantro stem. The texture is balanced between the aforementioned fruit and a zingy, grapefruit-rind-tinged acidity.
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.
As the impact of the 2011-2017 drought continued to fade, the growing season was characterized by moderate temperatures. Fruit development was gradual, without stress and uniform. But as harvest got underway, temperatures varied dramatically, creating a nerve-wracking stop-start, wait-versus-race dynamic for the crews and cellar. Our Sauvignon Blanc pick is tiny—it only takes a few hours—which added to the pressure in making this critical call. The result of our decision is in the glass.
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