Highway 12 Sauvignon Blanc 2015
In 2003, long-time friends Paul Giusto and Michael Sebastiani joined forces to create their own wine company called Generaionons of Sonoma. Around this time, there were several family wineries that were being purchased by large corporations, so their goal was to create a wine brand that was to be considered Sonoma’s “Hometown Winery”. Putting their combined years of experience together with their long-term relationships with some of Sonoma Valley’s iconic family owned growers, the Highway 12 brand was born.
Reflective of the laid-back Sonoma lifestyle, Highway 12 Winery has stayed true to its roots with strong ties to the local community and prides itself in its non-pretentious approach about wine’s role in everyday life. At Highway 12 Winery, “Clean Jeans” are the attire for those special events where other brands prefer a suit and tie. When visiting the winery, you will find friendly, down to earth people with a lot of them being multi-generation Sonoma residents and farmers just swinging by to say hello.
The Highway 12 Winery we’re not just business partners with our growers, they’re long time Friends. Relationships that span over two decades have solidified trust and respect between Us and our grower partners resulting in the best selection of grapes from California’s most Iconic vineyards adjacent to Highway 12, California’s wine highway.
Perhaps the most historically significant appellation in Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley is home to both Buena Vista winery, California's oldest commercial winery, and Gundlach Bundschu winery, California's oldest family-run winery.
It is also one of the more geologically and climactically diverse districts. The valley includes and overlaps four distinct Sonoma County sub-appellations, including Carneros, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley. With mountains, benchlands, plains, abundant sunshine and the cooling effects of the nearby Pacific, this appellation can successfully produce a wide range of grape varieties. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, and most notably, Zinfandel all thrive here. Ancient Zinfandel vines over 100 years old produce small crops of concentrated, spicy fruit, which in turn make some of the Valley's most unique wines. These can also be made as “field blends” (wines made from a mix of grape varieties grown in the same vineyard) along with Petite Sirah, Carignan and Alicante Bouschet.
Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.