Following a whole cluster pressing, Charlie fermented and aged the wine in 100% cement tanks. These tanks are unlined allowing the wine to go through a microxygenation process (meaning the wine is able to breathe as it does through a barrel.) The use of cement tanks allowed Charlie to maintain the vibrant crisp components of Sauvignon Blanc producing wines that taste clean. Concrete allows the wines to ferment slowly, giving the wine greater depth. The tanks also impart mineral notes in the wine due to the materials used when building the tank (sand, crushed rock and limestone). Our tanks are chemical free and one of the most natural vessels available in winemaking…think of Egyptians fermenting wine in clay pots buried in the ground.
Bright and clean! The personality of our Rutherford vineyards is prominent in our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. It's true to the varietal with well integrated citrus, crisp honeydew melon, along with hints of tropical fruit and mineral nuances on the finish.
"A deliciously zesty Sauvignon Blanc. It doesn't seem to have any oak, but you won't miss it, because there are wonderful vanilla, honeysuckle and buttered toast notes that enrich the peach, pineapple, green appple, honeydew melon and minerial flavors. Great price for a wine so rich and complex. Editors' Choice."