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Date Printed: 9/18/2014
Brassfield Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Brassfield Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 89717)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/18/2014: $13.49

Winemaker's Notes:

The home ranch on the western side of High Valley has been known as "High Serenity Ranch" for over one hundred years. The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc comes from the original 20 acre blocks which were planted in 2001. These vineyards are comprised of gravelly loams and are some of the coolest growing conditions in High Valley.

Cooler growing conditions allow for longer grape hang-times enhancing flavor development, and better acid retention in the juice and finished wine. 11% Semillon from a new, young vineyard was blended to add more body to the mid-palate prior to bottling. Citrus aromas with a hint of mineral are intertwined by complex bouquets of gooseberry, grapefruit and a hint of fresh tarragon. The wine has good weight on the palate, is framed by a good acid backbone, and finishes crisp and smooth.

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About Brassfield Estate Winery:

The western section of High Valley Appellation holds the magical lands know as High Serenity Ranch. The 2,500 acre former cattle ranch is now home to Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard. In 1973, Jerry Brassfield purchased the original 1,600 acres as a cattle ranch and wildlife reserve. While the cattle have gone, the wildlife still remains. Over the next three decades Mr. Brassfield continued acquiring lands. Today, the estate includes both the eastern and the western sections of High Valley as well as ownership of Round Mountain Volcano.

In 1998, the Brassfield family realized the land’s true destiny was as a world-class wine property. As a result, Brassfield Estate Winery & Vineyard was established. With the new estate vineyards increased production, the winery has grown with additional tank & barrel storage capacity and a state-of-the-art crushing facility.