Fresh and enticing, our North Coast Sauvignon Blanc has summertime aromas of freshly shorn hay and a sweet honeysuckle bouquet. On the palate, layers of ripe pear, green apple and a hint of gooseberry. Its flavors flourish in the wine’s minerality, and finishes with a spry zest.
Grapes from the North Coast appellation, a rather large AVA, are harvested from multiple vineyards chosen for their excellent site location and soil makeup. Each site contributes its own flare to create this complex, deeply layered wine. In the vineyard, canopy management and crop thinning are instrumental in achieving the perfect fruit-to-acid balance. The wine is aged in 100% stainless steel drums and left on its lees to develop more complexity and mouthfeel.
During winter and spring we had record-breaking rainfall - 75 inches. After the wet start, the vines developed at rapid growth. We endured four heat waves before the berries fully changed color. We did not pull leaves around the fruit as we normally do, keeping the clusters shaded from the intense summer heat. The vintage finished late, but overall the wines are fruit forward with nice acidity.
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At Benziger Family Winery, we are dedicated to winemaking that reveals the true character of the vineyard, the varietal and the vintage in certified sustainable wines defined by individuality and the passion of the people who make them. This wine was made with grapes grown by certified sustainable farming methods. Our sustainable philosophy promotes natural vineyard management, restoration of the land and biodiversity on the estate. We believe these practices result in wines that reflect the authentic flavors, aromas and character of the vineyard.