Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc
Vivid varietal character from Paso Robles
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc offers vibrant aromas of guava, jasmine, apricot and lemon rind. A juicy texture reveals luscious stone fruit flavors complemented by quenching notes of lime and mineral. Notes of spice join crisp acidity on a clean, refreshing finish.
The 2018 vintage comes entirely from Block 41 at Margarita Vineyard, where the vines occupy rocky alluvial soils that vary in density, elevation and exposure. As the block slopes downward from its crown, the soils become thicker, and the temperatures more brisk. These variances shape the fruit and contribute dimension to the final blend. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The mountain peaks act as a gateway for cool marine air, resulting in an extended growing season that yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils, ultimately fostering natural complexity in our wines.
Our aim is to produce an authentic Sauvignon Blanc that reflects the cooler growing conditions at Margarita Vineyard. After a dry winter in 2018, a rainy March saved the day and set the pace for a long, steady growing season—allowing the Sauvignon Blanc fruit to achieve balanced ripeness. We performed four separate picks spanning three weeks, with early picks establishing varietal character and brisk acidity, and later picks layering in riper fruit flavors. Each lot was cold fermented at 55 degrees to retain delicate aromatics and pure fruit flavors. The wine was then aged for eight months in stainless steel tanks to further preserve textural crispness.
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