The 2015 Vintage: The Santa Ynez Valley shared the unseasonably warm conditions experienced by much of California, yet the persistent, cool coastal breezes of the Pacific protected our important diurnal temperature shifts. This 4th drought year proceeded after a historically mild winter, leading to our earliest Sauvignon blanc harvest to date on August 15, 2015. Yields were shamefully low, but fruit condition was amazingly high.
The Vineyard: 100% Vogelzang Vineyard. Night harvested commencing at the coolest hour of 4am for less invasive handling of the fragile fruit, under the gleam of the waning moon. Hand sorted in the field one bucket at a time to ensure only the finest clusters are destined for pressing at the winery.
The AVA: “Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara”. This bucolic canyon is nestled within the eastern boundary of the Santa Ynez Valley AVA, on the Los Padres side of Highway 154. Its cool, fog-laden evenings fosters the preservation of natural grape acidity and the warm daytime temperatures favorably tames herbaceous expression in favor of more elegant fruit based flavor.
The Wine: 100% Musque clone from two of our most cherished blocks in Vogelzang Vineyard. Orange blossoms and key lime scents burst from the glass, with lively hints of Blenheim apricot, yellow-flesh peaches, and coriander. Our aim so clearly captured in this wine is to preserve those more tropical, fresh fruit tones balanced by zingy acidity.
The Winemaking: whole cluster pressed; cold fermented in 100% stainless steel; non-malolactic and selected for balance and purity as one of our premium Sauvignon blanc selections