Inspired by the regions gravelly soils and rolling hillsides, as well as 80 plus years of viticulture and winemaking by missionaries, Robert Livermore planted the first commercial wine grapes in what we now call the Livermore Valley. The year was 1846, and it would forever change the dynamic of the entire California wine scene.
Classic SB aromatics lean on the citrusy/tropical side of things. The glass explodes aromatics of grapefruit, guava with herbaceous undertones. On the palate – high tuned tropical notes lead the way with a rush of pineapples and mango's with stone fruit following close behind. Aromatically pretty, and perfect to accompany food - or enjoy a glass on your own after work.
Ghielmetti Vineyard is the hotspot for, among many other things, Sauvignon Blanc for craft winemakers here in the Valley. A handful of small lot winemakers like ourselves have been putting out some downright delicious SB for years from this site. We were lucky enough to get our hands on a few tons from our good friend Steven Mirrasou who has been a major supporter of our program. While other winemakers who took this fruit before me had their signature version based on picking preference and ferm/cellaring regimen, there remains a distinct aromatic and flavor profile that is consistent amongst producers. And it was always something I enjoyed, so we embarked on a new journey with SB.
My winemaking team and I couldn’t be more stoked to take on this new creature. Because it was our first time out, we collaborated with many of the other winemakers that we respect here in the Valley to get a glimpse at their program. The consensus for most of us was to pick the fruit on Tuesday, August 18. The fruit was handpicked at night and delivered to the winery where we whole-cluster pressed the SB to a stainless steel tank and settled. The juice was inoculated with VL3 yeast and was fermented in stainless steel at 58 degrees F. The wine finished primary and was sulfured and kept cold to inhibit ML conversion.
Wine TypeWhite Wine
Varietal Composition100% Sauvignon Blanc
2016 SF Chronicle Wine Competition