Rich aromas of tropical fruit, white peach, ripe apricot, and passion fruit abound in the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. White flowers give way to a flinty minerality on the finish of this wine. A lush mouthfeel shows off rich textures and bright tropical notes of pineapple and peaches. The minerality gives way to dazzling acidity that sweeps through to finish crisp and clean.
The 2016 vintage was full of surprises, starting with the warmest April on record. Bud break happened two weeks early at the beginning of April with increasing temperatures and maturation through May and June. Temperatures peaked in early June, followed by rains in July that brought cooler weather. This allowed the vineyards to slow down and pushed harvest closer to average pick times. With the warm start and long cool finish, picking started in late August and finished by mid-October, just before a long spell of rain. The cool summer months resulted in beautiful aromatics and elegant mouthfeel that are the key elements of white wines from the Walla Walla Valley.
Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe. Founding member of VINEA.
Varietals: 92% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Sémillon
Vineyards: 69% Les Collines, 31% Seven Hills East
Awards & Accolades
“Bright, pales yellow with a green tinge. Alluring scents of pineapple, honeydew, fresh apricot, jalapeno pepper and resiny herbs. Lovely tactile wine in a white Bordeaux style; fresher and lighter on its feet than the 2015 version but still offers a lovely glycerol, round mid-palate texture and seamless impression. Finishes firm and lively, with repeating hints of pineapple and grapefruit. I like the combination of oiliness and clarity on display here.”
-Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 90 Points