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 2018 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