The Paring wines are the second label from the acclaimed Hilt and Jonata properties. The Paring Sauvignon Blanc consists of small lots of fruit from the Jonata estate in Ballard Canyon that do not make the cut for the Jonata Flor. While not technically biodynamic, the Jonata estate vineyard is farmed to the highest standards; creating a functioning polyculture of bee hives, herds of ruminants, fruit, olives and of course, grapes. No artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides are used. The winemaking here is identical to that of the Jonata wines; fermentations are entirely native with no added nutrients, enzymes, acids or sugars. In fact, the Paring and Jonata wines are completely identical up until the period of barrel selection and blending.
The 2015 Paring Sauvignon Blanc is composed of 93% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Semillon and both fermented and aged on 1/3 new French, 1/3 used and 1/3 stainless steel barrels. This is a serious, textural and layered Bordeaux Blanc-like wine that hits far above its weight class. In many cases, winemaker Matt Dees chose to use a broader appellation for the Paring wines so as to differentiate them from the Jonata and Hilt Estate wines.
|VARIETAL COMPOSITION||Sauvignon Blanc|