2015 Straight Line Wine Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color with scents of spring meadows, flowers, and lemony citrus fruits. Light to medium weight, lively acidity lifts flavors of passion fruit, cut grass, lime, ripe tangerine, and honey. Barrel fermentation and 7 months lees aging afford touches of delicate French oak and textural complexities. The finish is finessed and focused.
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 alcoholic fermentation; however, malolactic fermentation was arrested. Aged sur lie for 7 months, the wine was bottled in late April.
Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard McGinley Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
Production 162 Cases
Optimal Maturity 2016-2022
Barrel Aging 7 Months, 8 neutral French oak barrels
Winemaker Jon Grant