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2020 Sauvignon Blanc
  Cuvée 128
  Anderson Valley, Mendocino
  (750 ml) - Sold Out!
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This bottling marks the 30th vintage of Cuvée 128 Sauvignon Blanc produced from grapes grown in vineyards located along Highway 128 which connects Cloverdale to the chilly Mendocino coast. In 2004, our friends Bill and Nancy Charles—proprietors of Foursight Vineyards—had a field of unsold grapes located directly across the highway from land that our family owns in Boonville.

A gallon of organic apple juice typically has solids which visibly settle to the bottom of the container. A similar situation occurs when we destem and press grapes; the raw juice has a lot of solids so we let them settle in a refrigerated stainless steel tank. Three days later we rack off the clear juice and then we filter the juicy solids using a lees-press filled with diatomaceous earth as Jacob is doing here. [above] About 60% of the juicy solids are recovered as clear juice and can be reunited with the original lot.
Sarah and Natalie, vineyard manager, inspecting the growth of the vines in Block 6 of our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. [below]

After making wine from their Sauvignon Blanc grapes over several vintages, we realized the quality was so good that we decided to plant our own Sauvignon Blanc vineyards across the street at what is now named Pennyroyal Farm. We did our homework: extensive vineyard preparation, multiple test pits to match the rootstock to the soil, selection of the three top-rated clones and a trellis designed to be an efficient solar collector. Our plan was to grow enough Savvy to provide both Navarro and Pennyroyal with top-quality estate-grown grapes. Seemed like a foolproof plan... until 2020. We were able to mitigate the problems presented by the pandemic (by wearing masks and maintaining social distance) as well as the problems created by wildfire smoke and ash (by repurposing red grapes into white or rosé wines); what we couldn't change was our light crop in almost every variety. In spite of selling out of our 2019 vintage four months early—indicating that we should produce more—the modest crop level forced us to produce less of this vintage; we wish we had much more. Herbaceous flavors of pink grapefruit and kiwi with enough zest to counterbalance buttery fish and chips. Gold Medal winner.

Harvested: Sept. 9, 2020 Sugars at harvest: 22.8° Brix
Bottled: Feb. 16 & 17, 2021 Cases produced: 1,837
Alcohol: 13.1% Titratable acidity: 6.3 g/L
pH: 3.30

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