2021 Atlas Peak Sauvignon Blanc
Although Atlas Peak is Cabernet country, Doug decided to plant Sauvignon Blanc to see if we could push the limits on what Sauvignon Blanc could be. In 2021 the rainy season was very short, with bud break in late April and bloom in late May. Summer was moderate until the heat and winds arrived in August, concentrating the fruit just before harvest. In early September, the grapes were hand-harvested at night, dumped into the press, rolled a few times, and then sat for an hour while Father Donald blessed the grapes and the harvest. The wine was barrel fermented to create a richer more complex palate with breadth and interest. In 2021, the Semillon from Windy Flats was unusually elegant, so we blended in 8% before bottling. This Sauvignon Blanc has a distinct sense of its site up on Atlas Peak, and will reward cellaring for 3 to 5 years, and perhaps many more. The aromas are vibrant with lychee, peach, melon, light tangerine, and lemon blossom. The palate is well integrated, creamy, and elegant, with notes of lemon biscuit and white peach.
Vintage: 2021 | Variety: Sauvignon Blanc | Appellation: Atlas Peak | Alcohol %: 14.5