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[TWO-PACK COMBO: Buy One Get 2nd Bottle for 50% OFF] Wattle Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, California)
Wattle Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, California)


 
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Winery: Wattle Creek
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino County, California
Vintage: 2012
Bottle Size: 2 x 750 ml

Product Code: WATTLECREEKSAUVIGNONBL12-W-2PK
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Notes from the Winemaker:

Sauvignon Blanc is an intensely aromatic varietal that can span a wide range of aroma profiles. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc does not disappoint; it bursts out of the glass with powerful aromas of tropical fruit, ruby red grape fruit, and citrus rind, while notes of spear mint, anise and subtle dried herbs fill the background. The flavors are crisp and focused while the mouth feel is remarkably delicate and smooth. As we move into spring, and the weather begins to warm up, we can’t think of a better wine to usher in those warm afternoons!

Vintage and Winemaking:
The 2012 Vintage was a fairly average harvest in California in terms of bud break, flowering, and fruit-set through verasion (where the berries soften and change color). The vines set a large crop, so we had to drop fruit off each vine to suppress yields and thus keep the quality high! As it turned out, the 2012 vintage was the largest grape harvest California has ever known. All varietals had record or near record yields last year. Despite the copious fruit, the fruit thinning help keep the overall quality of the fruit high across the board.

Mother Nature cooperated weather-wise, and we sailed from verasion to harvest almost unscathed. There was a late arriving storm that passed though wine country the final 2 weeks of harvest, this forced everyone’s hand, and they had to pick the remaining fruit. Growers and Wineries alike were not taking a lot of chances after the rain packed ’10 and ’11 vintages and most opted to pick their remaining fruit.

Because Sauvignon Blanc is an early ripening variety we were able to achieve maximum flavors on the vine before the harvesting the fruit. This Sauvignon Blanc was harvested by hand, at night, in an effort to preserve the delicate flavors. The fruit was received in the cellar, where the grapes were pressed, whole cluster and the juice was pumped to tanks and immediately chilled and settled prior to fermentation. The fermentation was completed at cool temperatures (59-61F) to maintain and enhance the natural, varietal flavors and aromas. The final blend captures the lovely fresh qualities of Sauvignon Blanc.

Ratings & Reviews

Wine Spectator (2011 vintage):
"Toast and smoke notes never quite find the pace with the core of tangy citrus and apple flavors. Drink now. 4,000 cases made." - MW (Web Only 2012)

Wine Enthusiast (2011 vintage):
"With layers of nutty, toasty oak flavors lingering in the background, this is a Sauvignon Blanc with lushness to its core of melon, guava and grass notes." - Virginie Boone (10/1/2012)


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