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The Girls In The Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    This Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw yellow like the sunflowers of Languedoc or the mustard growing between the vine rows in California. Aromas of summer–fresh, ripe fruit; hints of cut grass. A wine that feels both refreshing and alive. Pear and honeysuckle weave through citrus notes and end with a tropical flourish.

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    The Girls In The Vineyard

    The Girls In The Vineyard

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    The Girls In The Vineyard, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    Kat & Rob McDonald have been making and selling wine for 20 years in 3 countries. Rob grew up in Australia's famed Adelaide Hills wine region amongst many of the vintners he would one day represent as importer into the USA. In fact, the business Kat and Rob founded (Old Bridge Cellars) led the charge of high quality, family owned, Australian wineries into the USA in the early 1990's. During this time, Kat and Rob established their own dry grown, naturally farmed vineyard in Heathcote, Victoria. They also purchased and farmed a prized Napa Valley Cabernet Vineyard and collaborated with many other great winemakers in Australia and New Zealand to make a diverse and highly regarded set of wines.

    Matt Stone's family founded Napa valley icon, Sterling Vineyards in 1964. As a young man, Matt earned his first paycheck from the winery and helped his father with many aspects of vineyard and winery life. Keeping his nose close to the wine industry, Matt moved to France and took up residency with the Edmund Rothschild family (Lafite side) where he was actually present for the inaugural harvest of their Chateau Clarke in Medoc. After his stint with the Rothschild's, he honed his sales skills as a sugar trader in Paris and New York. In 2000 he returned to Napa Valley with his wife and 3 children, a move that virtually ensured his re-entry into the wine business.

    Kat, Rob and Matt, met at the school their children attended in Napa and a business partnership was formed in 2005.

    Much like the diversity of our founding families, the Art+Farm winemaking philosophy is grounded in two equally important but radically different approaches.

    The girls in the vineyard is a celebration of time and place, recognizing and embracing the effects of a particular set of climatic conditions in a given year and how those conditions impart their own distinctive character. Therefore the girls celebrate a single vintage, a single varietal and a single vineyard.

    Lake County

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    A warm inland area just north of Napa Valley, Lake County represents a new frontier for California winemaking. While Prohibition halted viticulture here just as it did in so many California regions, winemaking activity remained fairly insignificant for a few decades longer than others. Finally in the 1990s Lake County Sauvignon blanc—uniquely savory and fruity—earned the appellation a renewed reputation.

    Lake County is comprised of a handful of unique American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

    Vineyards that settle into the hills on the west side of Clear Lake create the Clear Lake AVA and produce good quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon blanc and Zinfandel.

    Recently the Red Hills AVA, located within the boundaries of the Clear Lake AVA, has become the focus of some of Napa’s more respected growers. Its notable volcanic and obsidian-based soils could be the source of California’s next best Cabernet Sauvignons. Andy Beckstoffer, a leader in recognizing prime Napa Valley vineyard locales, has already invested heavily in the area.

    Guenoc Valley AVA produces fine examples of Petite Sirah, recognized for their voluptuous aromas of clove, cocoa, tobacco and deep red and blue berry flavors.

    The High Valley AVA sits northeast of Clear Lake. This warm area boasts multiple soil types allowing growers a lot of flexibility and experimentation with grape varieties. While Sauvignon blanc is a mainstay, this zone excels with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, as well as other less common varieties like Barbera and Tempranillo.

    Sauvignon Blanc

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    A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. A couple of commonalities always exist, however—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and is important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand and California, while Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon Blanc. High-quality Sauvignon Blanc is also produced in Washington State, Australia, and parts of northern Italy.

    In the Glass

    From its homeland in the Loire Valley, where citrus, flinty, and smoky flavors shine through in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, to Marlborough, New Zealand, where it is pungent, racy, and “green” (think grass, leaves, gooseberries, and bell peppers) and tastes of grapefruit and passionfruit, Sauvignon Blanc has something to offer every wine drinker. In Bordeaux, it is typically blended with Sémillon and Muscadelle to produce a softer, richer style. In California, any of the aforementioned styles can be emulated.

    Perfect Pairings

    The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor—from bell pepper and cut grass to passionfruit, gooseberry, and ripe kiwi lend it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood, and mild Asian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like goat cheese and asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

    Sommelier Secret

    Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the 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 (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

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