Quivira 2018 "Alder Grover" Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California

Quivira 2018 "Alder Grover" Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California

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Quivira 2018 "Alder Grover" Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California

Alder Grove provides shaded habitat for spawning fish and the trees’ roots nourish the soil where the grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc grow. The label features an alder catskin, the tree’s flower that blossoms at nearly the same time as the grape berries form. 

The 2018 release is a nod to a fine white Bordeaux. The aromatics begin with candied orange and honeyed fig and then evolve to develop into flavors of bitter orange marmalade, pomelo grapefruit, more citrus (less tropical) notes, a mild grassiness, and a tiny amount of freshly cut dill. A mix of new and neutral barrels add breadth and range while the stainless steel gives freshness and “pop” of natural acidity. The mixture of herbs, fruits, and honey plus the refreshingly crisp palate make this wine delightful. Petrale sole would be grand as a pairing as would vegetarian potstickers or arugula salad with dill goat cheese and raspberries. This Sauvignon Blanc is also tasty with oysters or mussels. There’s no doubt in the cellaring potential (2024-2026) so enjoy now and hold some for later. 

Winemaker: Hugh Chappelle

Varieties: 75% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon.

Farming:  Mix of CCOF-certified organic vineyards and non-certified organically farmed vineyards

Vinification/Aging: Phased picking at different maturity levels brought natural acid, alcohol balance, and layers of aromas/flavors. Whole- cluster pressing with limited controlled skin contact ensured balance. Cool fermentation with minimal lees contact in both tank and barrel (80% fermented and aged in neutral French oak and acacia barrels; 20% stainless steel fermentation.) added mouthfeel texture and allowed natural settling minimizing wine handling prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation.

Aging: Mix of French oak and acacia barrels with the latter contributing a bit more of the floral and spicy notes.

581 cases produced. 

13.7% ABV


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