2017 Sauvignon blanc, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County

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2017 Sauvignon blanc, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County


If there is an older Sauvignon blanc vineyard in the state of California, we have yet to find it. Larry Venturi’s Sauvignon blanc, planted in 1948, is one of the rarest in the state and shows why his family was ahead of their time when they began planting grapes in Mendocino. Made in the style of the great Sauvignon blancs from Sancerre, we barrel aged this special cuvee for 12 months in neutral French Oak and bottled this wine without any added sulfites. Light, yet powerful, this wine will age indefinitely.

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Varieties: Sauvignon blanc (100%)

Production: 24 cases

Vineyards: Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County AVA Soils: Venturi Vineyard is located just north of Ukiah, in the Calpella Valley, on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist-sized stones along the way. Highly deficient in organic matter, the moderately acidic soil pH allows for optimal nutrient uptake to allow the vines to thrive. Pinole soils are some of the most sought after soil types in Mendocino County.

Farming: Larry Venturi is a 3rd generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family's historic site in Calpella (Ukiah), in Mendocino County. Planted in the late 1940’s, this nearly 70 year-old vineyard is one of California’s oldest sources of Sauvignon blanc. The vines are head trained and have been dry farmed since inception. Farming is CCOF organic.

Vinification: Whole clusters were pressed directly. The juice was allowed to settle overnight and decanted off the grape solids. The juice fermented in one neutral French oak barrel and aged sur lies for 12 months. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were 100% indigenous. The wine was bottled with no fining, filtration or SO2 additions.

Tasting Notes: The mouthfeel is characterized by laser-like acidity, while the aromas and flavors strike a balance between greenness and riper opulence, resulting in a style that is uniquely Californian. The old-vines give this Sauvignon blanc an additional dimension of depth and complexity. The minimalistic approach in the cellar lends a wine that is highly drinkable and digestible.

Alcohol: 12.0%