2020 Firestone Vineyard Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley
The 2020 Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc lies in that desirable sweet spot of bright, refreshing acidity and medium-body, imparted by its 10 months of aging in French oak. Creamy citrus confectionery aromas are accented by fresh pineapple. The palate displays a bright and lively acidity with flavors of crisp citrus, grapefruit and finishing with toasty oak.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Santa Ynez Valley
8 months in French oak, 20% new
The 2020 season began with minimal rain during winter — pushing Santa Barbara County into drought conditions —followed by average bud break in March and a mild spring. Summer brought relatively mild temperatures and one extreme heat spike in late August, with our vineyard weather stations recording 118F! Harvest began September 3rd, and mild weather through most of the month allowed us to pick each vineyard block at the optimal time. Harvest was completed on November 3rd.
Santa Barbara County's patchwork quilt of micro-climates and unique terrain provide the ideal conditions for growing grapes, like our Firestone Barrel Select Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is comprised of grapes from the best vineyard block on our estate in Santa Ynez Valley planted to the Musque clone, one of the most aromatic grape clones with hints of Muscat, as the name implies.
330 cases produced