As many of you know, we have produced truly tiny amounts of Sauvignon Blanc for several
years now. This wine was always an added bonus, a gift of grapes from a grower in exchange
for some wine, but never something that we fully invested ourselves into.
That changed with the 2010 vintage, when we were offered some outstanding Russian
River Valley fruit, and were able to work with the grower throughout the season, getting
precisely the grapes that we wanted. The vineyard is on Hall Road in the Russian River and
has produced fruit previously for wineries such as Merry Edwards and Benziger. When the
opportunity presented itself to get some of this fruit we jumped at it! We picked approximately
8 tons of Sauvignon Musque clone on October 1, 2010 (late for SB!) at 24.3 brix.
Fermentation took place in a combination of stainless steel and older oak, with the malolactic
fermentation blocked in the wine to preserve its acidity. Ultimately, we selected a
blend of only 10 barrels from the oak and stainless steel portions to bottle as our first ever
Russian River Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2010 Novy Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc is intense with pineapple, quince,
and orange peel flavors. The wine is expansive on the mid-palate with a creaminess that is
detailed by crisp acidity and hints of minerality.