2017 Sierra Del Mar Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Central Coast
The grapes for this wine come from cool climate grapes grown throughout Monterey and northern San Luis Obispo County. Mornings are dotted with coastal fog which balance the days with cold mornings. We pick the grapes when ripe, not over ripe. When fully developed, we pick the grapes in the morning when the vineyard is cool and the grapes are cold. This makes it a little challenging to sort them at 7am on the crush pad, but worth the effort. We go direct to press with the grapes and press right away with minimal skin contact. After all the juice is gently pressed we cold settle for 48 hours and then rack the juice clean and commence a cold fermentation which will last 21-30 days. The slower ferment allows for pretty floral fermentation esters to develop which we capture during the maturation process post fermentation. The wine does not go through malo-lactic fermentation protecting the natural acidity some of which remains in the form of malic acid.
Lovely with supreme nachos served with house-made guacamole, salsa Fresca with whole Pinto beans and carnitas or shedded chicken breast topped with sour cream and optional jalapeños. The refreshing Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with most cheeses especially Morbier or Asiago. Try it with a cool beet salad with arugula, goat cheese and champagne vinaigrette.