Over centuries, vintners have carefully singled out the most admired vines, naming each vine with a unique number to identify its exceptional attributes. Here in California, we’ve planted a selection of these vines exactly where they will flourish best: in select locations on the red soils and cobblestones of our family-owned vineyard in Lodi and on the gentle slopes of our cool-climate estate in Monterey. Our wines honour these treasured vines and the blocks in which they are grown, chosen because their refined, classic qualities have stood the test of time.
Reign of Terroir
Block 242 is located at the northernmost point of San Bernabe Vineyard, which is the closest block to the Monterey Coast. The cool, coastal climate creates an early morning fog, afternoon breezes and a long growing season, similar to the vineyard climates of Marlborough, New Zealand. The loamy hillside soils in which block 242 is planted are heavier and more vigorous which allow the vines to grow protective canopies to shade the fruit from the afternoon sun. The Sauvignon Blanc from block 242 shows exceptionally well in the glass with brilliant aromatics and balanced acidity.
Treat It Right
Winemaker James Ewart says the goal with Sauvignon Blanc is to pick the delicate fruit during the small window of time in which the varietal shows its favored characteristics. “Sauvignon Blanc is a unique grape to watch during harvest because you must pick the moment the fruit shows the balance between grass, kiwi and melon notes,” he explains. “The moment I determine the grapes are ready, I am able to bring them to the winery quickly for gentle pressing.” Once pressed, the juice is transferred into stainless steel tanks. Special yeasts are then added to the juice to enhance the aromatics and flavours of the Sauvignon Blanc during fermentation.
The 2012 vintage exhibits vibrant aromas of white peach, green melon and lemongrass. Medium bodied with a round mid palate and bright acidity, this refreshing wine offers flavours of guava, passion fruit and a hint of lemon zest.