2012 Straight Line Wine Sauvignon Blanc
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Clear and brilliant with green-tinged, pale straw color. The color anticipates the intriguing aromas of yellow and orange citrus rind, and white flowers such as honeysuckle and cherry blossom. The frame of the wine is custard-scented, which pairs well with the coconut and fresh but "waxy" texture. Medium-bodied with exotic flavors of passion fruit, fresh almonds and golden citrus, the tropical notes combine with a touch of oak and minerality to create wonderful complexities and subtleties in the persistent finish. This is a balanced wine, where freshness and vibrancy provide a perfect counterpoint to overall weight and body.
The McGinley Vineyard is nestled in the pristine Happy Canyon appellation, just east of Santa Ynez towards the southeastern edge 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 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 brought directly to the winery. Hand-sorted to ensure excellent quality for both flavor and textural development, 100% of the fruit was pressed whole cluster and settled overnight in a stainless steel tank. The next day, the juice was gravity-fed into French oak barrels. Gently stirred every other week, the juice went through spontaneous fermentation for both alcohol and ML as it warmed. In order to capture the full complexity of the ripe fruit, the juice was transferred into eight French oak barrels, one of which was new. Aged sur lie for 11 months before being bottled in late August, the wine received no racking or fining.
Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard McGinley Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
Production 188 Cases
Optimal Maturity 2013-2016
Barrel Aging 11 Months, 8 French oak barrels: one new
Winemaker Jon Grant