2011 Geyser Peak River Ranches Sauvignon Blanc 750ml 12-Pack
A pure expression of ripe, cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc, our 2011 River Ranches offers beautiful purity of fruit, textured mineral notes, and our trademark hint of freshly mown lawn. Crisp, refreshing, and elegant, the wine opens with aromas of lemongrass and lychee and leads to a palate alive with passion fruit, peach, lemon zest and quince. Background notes of honeydew melon and gooseberry fruit balance the vivid acidity and herbal flourishes suggestive of sweet peas and cilantro add depth and complexity. The finesse and perfume of this distinctive variety are optimized when grown in the cool Russian River Valley. Enjoy with sushi, shellfish, and fresh crab.
Winemaker Notes: 2011 was a late season with acids remaining high well into the month of September. A brief heat wave helped move things along and our blocks were harvested between September 20th and September 30th. Each parcel and clone was fermented separately to maximize varietal character. Yeast strains selected for their ability to enhance the aromatics and mouthfeel were employed and the wines were cold fermented over a period of two weeks. The wine was 100% stainless steel fermented, no oak was used in the production of this wine.
Rolling hills, river beds and proximity to the Pacific give the Russian River Valley an amazing variety of microclimates. Each year there are particular vineyard blocks that produce fruit of exceptional concentration, fruit that captures the quintessential varietal essence of Sauvignon Blanc. We celebrate this intensity with our Block Collection bottling – a selection of our favorite blocks chosen through extensive viticultural work, tasting, and trial blending.