2016 Martin Ray Ascona Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Cruz
Much to the delight of both grape growers and winemakers, the 2016 vintage carried through from beginning to end, with ideal conditions and ideal results. Long-awaited rainfall during the winter and early spring replenished desperate reservoirs and ground water, easing the concerns generated by several years’ worth of drought conditions. The summer was kind, with only a few heat spikes, which then carried over into a true Indian Summer; keeping daytime temperatures above normal, and the mornings foggy and cool throughout the peak month of September, permitting us to take our time in
evaluating and calling picks at their optimal maturity. Nature patiently waited for us to bring in our final lots before returning with the rain that has traditionally been the signal for the end of the harvest season.
Made in a Sancerre style, this cool climate Sauvignon Blanc retains tremendous acidity due to the high elevation growing, balanced by aromas of fresh lemon and lime zest and refreshing fruit. Powered by exotic melon, pink grapefruit, and wet stone, it is racy throughout. The acidity plays out on the edges of the palate as clean and concise, while accenting it's inherent minerality and clean finish.