Armida - Sauvignon Blanc - Dry Creek RRV

Armida - Sauvignon Blanc - Dry Creek RRV 2017

White Wine

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Item# 72280-17

Estate

Our Estate vineyard was planted in 1996 alongside the historical Old Redwood Highway just south of the town of Healdsburg. Here, warm days and cool nights combine with the old-riverbed clay soil to produce an ideal growing climate for the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Meticulous farming and minimal irrigation allow this vineyard to express its full potential of flavors. Two different clones of Sauvignon Blanc are grown here to add increased variation and complexity to the wine - Old Wente and Sauvignon Musque clones. There is also a small acre of Pinot Gris next to the Sauvignon Blanc that is sometimes used in blending this wine.

Tasting Notes

Peaches, pear, guava and jasmine aromas explode from the glass. Subtle hints of gooseberry and pine needles add to the complexity of enticing aromas. The wine begins on the palate like taking a fresh bite out of a crisp pear. Sweet apricot and green apples dance along the tongue. The limey, textured finish is refreshing with just a hint of toasted cashews from the very small percentage of the wine fermented in oak.

Vinification

The grapes were carefully sorted before being gently pressed to release only seventy percent of the total amount of potential juice. Twenty-five percent of the juice was allowed to remain in contact with the grape skins for 24 hours before pressing. Most of the juice was cold-fermented in a stainless steel tank while about ten percent was fermented in neutral French Oak Puncheons. The wine was aged on lees for four months before being gently fined and filtered before bottling.