Sauvignon Blanc, 'Mendocino County', Heron Wines
Fragrant Meyer lemon, tangerine, honeysuckle, and hints of lemongrass. Mouthwatering white peach, lime zest, and lemon tart. Crisp and clean, the finish is a mélange of citrus that begs for oysters on the half shell, Humboldt Fog chevre, or spicy fish tacos.
Hopland (90%) & Yountville (10%). Hopland is home to ideal Sauvignon Blanc growing conditions, where warm daytime temperatures give way to unusually cool nights – a combination that allows Sauvignon Blanc to achieve maximum ripeness while retaining the varietal character and great acidity. Yountville, slightly warmer than Carneros and slightly cooler than St Helena, has great drainage with clay-loam soils. This cool microclimate is known for its vibrant fruit and balanced acidity.
VINEYARD AND CANOPY MANAGEMENT
Our grower in Hopland farms this fruit organically and is a sustainable operation. The vines are cordon trained with a VSP system and basal leafing on the shady side of the canopy. The vineyard produces 4-5 tons per acre and we pick ripe at 23.5-24 Brix. The average vine age is 21 years. The palate is rounded out because we use 10% of organically grown fruit from Yountville, as we always have.
100% organic • Whole fruit to press • No Malo Lactic fermentation • Unoaked • Alc.13.8%
I love Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. From Sancerre and Bordeaux Blancs, with their purity of fruit, minerality, and elegance, to the bright, stark styles of New Zealand. What I find most compelling about the fruit and style of our 2018 Heron Sauvignon Blanc is the freshness and balance which is undeniably Mendocino-truly distinctive for its soil and microclimates. I believe a light-handed approach to winemaking lets nature take the lead. I can taste that in this wine.
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