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Michael Griva planted this special vineyard for Bernardus in the Arroyo Seco appellation, which sits just south of the renowned Santa Lucia Highlands in the Salinas Valley. The soils are very sandy and rocky which, along with the sunny, breezy weather, produce grapes with pronounced varietal character accented by a note of minerality. The Griva Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is planted exclusively with the Musqué clone of SB which is prized for its especially intense aromas and flavors.
2008 was an excellent year for the Griva vineyard from the spring right through to picking in September. We experienced very low yields in 2008 which presented us with very intensely flavored grapes. We began picking on September 4th and continued picking through four successive pickings, finishing on October 16th. This gave us a wide range of ripeness levels from which to make our final blend.
Our 2008 Griva Sauvignon Blanc exhibits bright aromas of gooseberry and grapefruit, accented by tropical fruit notes, minerals and fresh grass. The flavors exude ripe citrus and gooseberry, supported by a long, rich finish.
"Light citrine hue. Powerful scents of orange blossom, slate and acacia. Creamy flavors of white peach and lemon custard. Impressions of green papaya carry the juicy close."
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Bernardus Winery was founded in 1990 in the Carmel Valley. Ben Pon's goal is to make red wines comparable to those of Bordeaux. To this end, he selected a mountain site in the Carmel Valley appellation to plant his Marinus Estate Vineyard. This site was chosen because of its unique joining of varied soils and sunny inland climate moderated by a marine influence - ideal conditions for the production of Bordeaux varietals.
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...Read More About Sonoma County
One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety
that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire
Valley of France to Marlborough
in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique
and delicious flavors.
Sauvignon Blanc's home...Read More About Sauvignon Blanc
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