This 2020 Cline Sauvignon Blanc is a treat! Grapefruit grabs you at first, as aromas of lemon and orange zest follow. Bright flavors of lime, melon, and guava are vibrant and juicy. Wet river stones reveal the depth of this wine and zingy acidity balances and ties the wine together.
This Sauvignon Blanc comes from primarily two vineyards. The largest share is from a vineyard just East of Napa County in Solano County. The shallow sandstone and shale soils in this vineyard are free-draining and with limited fertility causing the vines to struggle for water and nutrients, which results in smaller berries with more concentrated flavors and the delta influence from the south keeps the nights cool and retains acidity in the grapes. The second vineyard is planted in Knightsen in Contra Costa County. The vineyard is south of the Sacramento Delta and the San Joaquin River. The vineyard is clay loam with warm daytime temps and cool nights.
The grapes are picked separately and gently pressed immediately. The juice is settled for 48 hours and then racked off of solids to a stainless steel fermentor. We inoculate with an aromatic yeast specifically chosen to unlock more flavor compounds during fermentation and bring about the wonderful Sauvignon Blanc character. Temperature is controlled at 65F to promote aromatic creation and give a clean fermentation. After fermentation, we rack off the yeast and store it in a mixture of barrels and stainless steel tanks until the best lots are chosen for blending and bottling.