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Sauvignon Blanc 2016
After consecutive challenging winters in the vineyard, the Sauvignon Blanc block in Geneva rebounded nicely in 2016. As many of you know, 2016 was the warmest and sunniest growing season in modern times in the Finger Lakes.
Consequently the 2016 vintage of Sauvignon Blanc shows great ripeness with layers of floral notes and citrus fruit to complement the mineral and acidic backbone that gives this wine its freshness. We continue to use the time-honored tradition of lees aging thereby greatly improving the texture and complexity of this wine.
– Notes from the Winemaker, Morten Hallgren
Crisp, exuberant and mineral-tinged with mouthwatering tropical fruit flavors and zesty acidity
The grapes were from our estate White Springs Vineyard in Geneva, New York. Our White Springs Vineyard was planted in 2004 and has Honeoye loam (deep, well drained soils formed in loamy till) over limestone soils.The exceptionally warm and sunny growing season in 2016 had resulted in optimal ripeness level and little to no disease pressure. The grapes were harvested on October 5, 2016 at 22.6°Bx.
The grapes were pressed with long and gentle press cycles in a membrane press, which provides gentle pressure and minimal movement of the grapes, minimizing the amount of tearing and scouring of the skins and seeds. The fermentation was long and cool in stainless steel tanks, with a small fraction in neutral oak barrels. The wine was aged on fine lees from early December 2016 until February 2017.
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is available for sampling and for purchase at either of our two tasting rooms. Click for directions and more information.