2020 Desire Lines Experimental Series #7 - Kick Ranch Sauvignon Blanc
The Sauvignon Blanc is planted on the rockiest soils at Kick Ranch, at the top of the ridge as the vineyard road winds upward past the rest of the blocks into the Mayacamas Mountains. The rocky soils keep the vine’s vigor in check; careful canopy management creating a range of sun exposures gives a whole range of fruit flavors in the wine; and cold nights and generally cool days give the wine a citrusy zest and floral raciness. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice was fermented in Stockinger 228L barrels (with a second- and a third-fill for a touch of sappy oak sweetness) and left on lees for ten months until bottling in July. I’m really pleased with this wine and am looking forward to working with the beautiful fruit from Kick Ranch for many years to come.
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