Columbia Valley, Washington
Sauvignon Blanc from three distinct vineyards combined to give this wine its wonderful vibrancy and complex flavor profile. Gamache Vineyard (planted in 1985) is located on a gently sloping hillside in close proximity to the Columbia River. The site benefits from the cooling effect of the river to give the wine fresh acidity. Boushey Vineyard also contributes liveliness and lemongrass character. Bacchus Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (planted in 1972) is a warmer site, producing a riper style wine that provides a distinct passion fruit character to the finished blend.
Handpicked grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed to ensure bright aromatics. After settling for two days, the clean juice was moved to one of four fermentation vessels where it remained for six months before blending. A combination of cement egg and stainless-steel drums were used to preserve the wine’s liveliness and minerality. New (21%) and neutral (60%) French oak barrels were also used to enhance mouthfeel and complexity in the finished wine.