STONE BLOSSOM SAUVIGNON BLANC
99% of Sauvignon Blanc in California is grown in a warm climate. Cool climate Sauvignon Blanc is rare in here, yet it’s the norm for the greatest SB's in the world (think Sancerre and Marlborough). We feel honored to be on the forefront of leading the cool climate Sauvignon Blanc charge here on the California coast. Our Stone Blossom joins old vine Clone 1 and ENTAV Clone 530 (a Loire Valley clone). A good chunk of the blend comes from a single block from my grandfather’s original 1973 Edna Valley plantings of which are now 50-year old vines. Located on the far western edge of the property, these vines were originally own rooted Gamay Noir that were grafted over to Sauvignon Blanc in the early 1980’s. The soils are made up of well drained Diablo clay soils with flecks of limestone and an underlying layer of residual material weathered from sandstone, shale, and mudstone. The Clone 530 portion comes from plantings on the far side of the property based on more iron and volcanic soils. Clone 530 is an earlier ripener, with much lower in pyrazines and brings a unique dimension to the wine. Crafted from old vines and a new clonal source, this extreme cool climate Sauvignon Blanc represents a promising outside the box SB expression from California.
Aromatically this wine bursts with salty citrus with spicy green herbaceous notes and passionfruit thiols. In the background, there are hints of a green apple, cucumber and melon with floral aromas of exotic spice and coriander. There is definitely an attractive earthiness on the nose that successfully pairs up with a promise of bright citrus.
Imagine if there were Sauvignon Blanc pop rocks…this wine is right there with its explosive freshness on the palate. Don’t let the energy fool you, there is a ton of texture to this wine that brings out a complex collection of flavors. Salty citrus fruit leads, followed by earthy green herbal notes that are rounded out by melon and peach. All of this is framed by mouthwatering minerality. You can taste the age and wisdom of these vines and their five decades of coexistence with the nearby Pacific Ocean. This is definitely not your typical California SB.
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