2011 Straight Line Wine Sauvignon Blanc
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This clear, bright wine has a beautiful pale golden color. Classic aromatics of Sauvignon Blanc – freshly cut straw, lemongrass, green and golden citrus – layer with aromas of apricots and other stone fruits. Lemon-lime citrus and bergamot flavors, orange blossom, honey, wet stone, and a touch of minerality unite into a seamless whole. This fragrant, floral wine has a vivacious texture and brightness from its balanced acidity, and leaves the palate refreshed. A persistent, clean finish brings out tangerine, fresh almond, and honeyed notes.
The McGinley Vineyard is nestled in the pristine Happy Canyon appellation, just east of Santa Ynez towards the southeastern perimeter of Santa Barbara County. With its coastal influence, this region provides warmer days and cooler evenings, allowing the fruit an extended growing period in which to develop flavor and character. The vineyard boasts a rare east-west orientation, capturing the cooling breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean. The soils are primarily shallow clay loam and studded with cobbles of red chert and serpentine, which were swept down into the canyon over thousands of years and weathered for thousands more. This low-vigor and low-nutrient topsoil stresses the vines, resulting in low yields of intense fruit.
The fruit was hand harvested into half-ton picking bins and hand-sorted to ensure excellent quality. 100% whole cluster pressed and settled overnight. Gravity fed into French oak barrels and gently stirred every other week. As the juice warmed it went through spontaneous fermentation for both alcohol and ML. Barrel fermented in 8 French oak barrels, one of which was new. Aged sur lie for 11 months, the wine received no racking or fining.
Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard McGinley Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
Production 194 Cases
Optimal Maturity 2013-2016
Harvested Sept 28, 2011
Barrel Aging 11 Months, 9 French Oak barrels: one new
Winemaker Jon Grant