2016 Firestone Vineyard Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc, SYV
The fruit for our 2016 Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc came from the upper Mesa portion of our estate where vines offer lower yields, resulting in more concentrated flavors. Fragrant aromas of passion fruit, citrus, melon and cut grass perfume the nose. The aromas carry through to the palate with flavors of fig, melon and citrus. This wine is bright and a nicely structured, giving way to a long mineral finish.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Santa Ynez Valley
August 23, 2016
10 months in neutral French oak
August 4, 2017
2016 was another vintage of both high quality and quantity of fruit. We had an early bud break, which began in the third week of February, and a warm spring that led to slightly earlier bloom. Summer temperatures were mild and warm resulting in a good fruit set and average yields. We harvested all the fruit on August 23, 2016 - the earliest harvest to date - in cool temperatures to ensure cold fruit at pressing.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.