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Our estate Margarita Vineyard occupies one of the Paso Robles region’s coolest growing environments, with a pronounced marine influence that allows for a slow, steady ripening of our Sauvignon Blanc fruit. The resulting wine is distinguished by its vivid varietal character, including crisp acidity and appealing mineral accents.
“STARRED REVIEW…GOOD VALUE.”
-Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine
“EXCEPTIONAL…Perfectly balanced with beautiful mineral notes.”
“PICK OF THE WEEK…A refreshing white.”
-Laurie Daniel, McClatchy Newspapers
“A BOLD, WELL CONSTRUCTED SAUVIGNON BLANC....”
-Sandra Silfven, Detroit News
The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc comes from Block 41 in one of the coolest locations at Margarita Vineyard. Here, the Sauvignon Blanc vines occupy shifting elevations. The rocky sedimentary top portion of the block is harvested first, with the pick then progressing down into the lower areas where the soils are thicker and the temperatures even cooler. These distinct lots ultimately combine to create a Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits inherent crispness and natural complexity.
The wine was cold fermented in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees for an extended fermentation period of three weeks, ensuring the retention of delicate aromatics and vibrant acidity while capturing pure fruit flavors. A third of the wine also underwent 24-hour skin contact prior to pressing and fermentation, enhancing the tropical fruit component.
The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc’s clean character and fresh acidity ensure versatility with food. Recommended pairings include fresh oysters, lime fish tacos, grilled shrimp and lemonherb roasted chicken.