2014 Sauvignon Blanc "Simpatico"
Babcock Vineyard, Estate Grown, Sta. Rita Hills
After 30 years, I am now the only vintner I know of growing Sauvignon Blanc in the Sta. Rita Hills. Why is there so little of it planted here? Well I think it's because of the challenge. While our cool climate automatically encourages great results with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with Sauvignon Blanc it's not automatic. With Sauvignon Blanc, if you miss, you usually miss on the green side, as the cool temperatures tend to accentuate the herbaceousness that can potentially overwhelm this noble variety. So for me the question has always been how does one tame the wild beast? Channeling all the energy of Sauvignon Blanc into an expression of beauty has required my farming and winemaking to be in complete harmony with the terroir. Currently the formula includes lots of direct sun on the fruit, two yeast in the primary fermentations, a stylistic interpretation that is like Top Cream; barrel and malolactic fermentations and bottling without filtration so as to capture all the nuances. Finally, after all these years, everything is simpatico, and the beast has not only been tamed, but mastered.
100% Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Grown, Babcock Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills