Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Laurel Glen Blanc Slate
Introducing our first ever white wine. We wanted to offer a refreshing alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon (especially after the Rosé runs out.) When Randall and Bettina started discussing this idea, Randall was reminded of an old vine vineyard planted entirely to white grapes he had recently noticed in Russian River. It turned out to be a Sauvignon Blanc vineyard planted in 1976 and quite possibly the oldest Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Sonoma County. Intrigued, we bought a very small amount of grapes from Hopkins River Ranch in 2014 and were so impressed by the results, we began making a small amount this wine every year since.
The vines produce very small berries, which we whole cluster press to preserve maximum freshness and then ferment slowly at a low temperature in small stainless steel tanks. The long cool fermentation preserves the freshness but also gives the wine an unexpected richness.
Who knew coming up with an original name for a wine could be so difficult? The label is our homage to the extensive brainstorming it took (over at least one bottle of wine) to develop a name that matched the quality in the bottle.
The 2017 Laurel Glen Blanc Slate Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of cut grass, wet stone and Myer Lemon zest. There is a beautiful richness in the mouth, offset by a bright, mouthwatering acidity that leaves you looking forward to the next sip.