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2018 Obsidian Ridge Sauvignon Blanc

2018 Obsidian Ridge Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Club Price: $23.80
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$28.00
/ 750ml Bottle
SKU: ORSB18

TASTING NOTES
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. 

HISTORY
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.

VINTAGE
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.

WINEMAKING
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

Vintage
2018
Varietal/Blend
Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation
Kelsey Bench Lake County
Harvest Date
September 14, 2018
Titratable Acidity
6.21 g/L
pH
3.32
Alcohol %
13.9
Wine Profile
Elevation
1,450'
Clones
UCD 1
Cases Produced
325

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