ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• COMPOSITION: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
• pH: 3.30
• TA: 5.5g /L
• ALCOHOL: 13.5%
• BOTTLED: June 2011
• PRODUCTION: 1,967 cases


Vintage

Our 2010 vintage was one of the coldest in the years. Toward the end of August our grapes were just beginning to go through veraison, the change from hard green berries to soft plump fruit. With still no warm weather in sight we made the decision to go through the vineyard and thin the crop. Wherever clusters were sitting on top of one another or the fruit load looked too heavy for the vine we dropped crop. With less fruit to ripen the vines gradually picked up the pace but with fall looming we were still not sure the crop would ripen. Someone must have been looking out for us though, because a nice Indian Summer came upon us in September where we had a week of +80oF weather and a week of +70oF, and the grapes finished their ripening nicely. The result was fruit of exceptional character with a nice balance of acidity. Harvest of our Sauvignon Blanc began on the 22nd of September and the Chardonnay started on the 2nd of October, roughly 2 weeks late.


Winemaking

We ripened our Sauvignon Blanc to 23-24 Brix with the goal of obtaining ripe fruit flavors, intense Sauvignon Blanc character, and a nice crisp acidity. The grapes were taken directly from the field to the press and the juice was then settled overnight at 50 Fahrenheit. 24 hours later we racked the juice to multiple smaller stainless steel tanks. Each one of these tanks was then innoculated with a different yeast stain. This use of multiple yeast strains enhances our estate vineyard’s unique character. After fermentation the individual cuvees were blended together and allowed to marry in the tank for a brief period prior to bottling.


Winemaker Comments

Lush aromas of tropical melon, pear and baking spices greet the nose. The 2010 Gordon Brothers Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and crisp with flavors of apricot, citrus and pineapple, with an enticing mid-palate hint of maraschino cherry and almond. Lively acids leave your tongue tingling pleasantly. Make this wine your new favorite picnic wine. Try pairing with grilled chicken and potato salad.