2016 Banshee Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County
The wine is immediately charming for its floral bouquet of lilacs and daisies. This leads into a medium weight blend of honeydew, lime, pear, and sea salt flavors. These flavors linger on the fresh, well-integrated citrus line that runs through the long, tangy finish.
100% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Musqué
Stainless Steel; 5% fermented in French oak, 50% new
Whole cluster pressed and fermented primarily in stainless steel with 5% of the wine fermented in French Oak (50% new). The wine was cold fermented at 62-64 degrees, and completed malolactic fermentation naturally.
As is our custom, our newest Sauvignon Blanc comes from a combination of vineyards in the Russian River and Dry Creek valleys, just outside of our home base in Healdsburg, CA. These areas are perfect for the style of Sauvignon Blanc we are inclined to - a combination of sufficient daytime warmth to develop exuberant fruit flavors and plenty of morning/evening coolness to preserve lip smaking structure and vital tart and green-tinged flavors. In addition, we like to utilize the charms of the musqué variation of Sauvignon Blanc to highligh the lifted perfume and floral aspects it brings. About 30% of this wine is porwered up by musqué (think X-Men). After tasting many of our friends' 2016's in tank and barrel, it seems to be the year of a pronounced melon character in Sauvignon Blanc. We noticed a significant expression in our vineyards where it had been only a minor attribute previously. We balanced this with a very deep mineral component from a promising new hillside vineyard off Westside Road.