2019 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
93 Points, Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
Winemaking and Notes:The oldest section of the Sauvignon Blanc in the Estate Vineyard is now close to 30 years in vine age making them what are we believe to be the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines left in the Willamette Valley. The fruit has definitely developed over the years and has different and special characteristics that makes the wine stand alone and stand out. To further accentuate the differences between our Willamette Valley bottling and the Estate Vineyard bottling 100% of the old-vine Estate Sauvignon Blanc is fermented and then goes through elevage in Acacia wood puncheons. In 2018 two of the four puncheons were new while the other two were twice used. The Acacia wood provides greater and rounder texture much in the way an oak barrel does with Pinot Noir, but rather than add the typical elements that a new oak barrel would add the Acacia wood accentuates natural floral aromatics and definitely plays off any “lemony” flavors by concentrating them to a lemon meringue pie sort of flavor profile.
The Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is a denser, richer more tropical version of Sauvignon Blanc. Along with the denser textural aspects of the wine the fruit is buffered by the same soil characteristics that makes our Estate Vineyard Old Vine Pinot Noir unique. That specific characteristic is the natural proclivity of the older vines to pick up on the inherent minerality in the soil and water on the property. This underlying tone offsets Sauvignon Blanc’s general fruit driven tone making for a wine with both rich high fruit and crystalline notes that fill out the back of the wine. The old vine fruit was picked in the first part of October in perfect conditions. It was immediately pressed, allowed to settle, racked and inoculated with a yeast specifically designed for aromatic white wines. The wine was fermented and bottled after about six months prior to malolactic fermentation finishing. Due to this the wine was sterile filter prior to bottling.
The Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc has many different flavor elements to incorporate into its overall rich texture. Acacia wood barrels certainly provide a flavor profile that works within the context of the high natural acidity, spinning out high intensity lemon curd sort of sweetness that adds a great degree of complexity. So, this is a deep, rich white wine that has more than plenty acidity to keep it bright and fresh and more than enough flavor components to make it highly interesting.
John Gilman who publishes the highly regarded wine magazine A View From the Cellar wrote in 2017, “While Pinot Noir certainly takes pride of place in the cellars at Patricia Green, the winery also produces two distinct bottlings of Sauvignon Blanc, with their Estate Vineyard bottling of this varietal one of the best American Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted.”
There are only 215 cases of this wine produced.