St. Francis Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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This is a crisp, flavorful Sauvignon Blanc with bright aromas of key lime, tangerine and yellow peach. The flavors are rich and opulent with notes of mandarin orange and stone fruits that precede a backbone of acidity on the smooth finish. Harvest in 2016 started in the middle of August during a pattern of warm sunny days cooled by foggy mornings and breezy afternoons for most of the area. The early months of the year were very mild with little rain allowing the vines to progress steadily and uneventfully. Yields throughout the region were slightly below average but moderate weather starting in early summer gave the fruit plenty of time to develop great color and flavor, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.
Fruit for this refreshing wine comes from top growers in Sonoma County, an area renowned for producing high quality Sauvignon Blanc. To retain the bright flavors and crisp acidity of this varietal, the grapes were picked at dawn and arrived at the winery cold. The grapes were pressed and a majority of the juice was sent directly to stainless steel tank while a small portion went to barrel for fermentation. The wine was fermented slowly at 55ºF for over 30 days, preserving the wonderful aromas of Sauvignon Blanc. St. Francis prevented malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine’s clean, crisp texture. It was then aged for five months before bottling.