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Sidebar Cellars, 2016 Sidebar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc High Valley

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"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc High Valley is also outstanding, with vibrant notes of grapefruit, white flowers and citrus. Sourced from Lake County, drink this medium-bodied, pure, elegant white over the coming year or so."
–Jun-18

Sidebar Cellars, 2016 Sidebar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc High Valley


Sidebar Cellars, 2016 Sidebar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc High Valley

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2016 Sidebar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc High Valley
Sidebar Cellars

100% Sauvignon Blanc from High Valley, Lake County

SITE Brassfield Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, in a unique east-west transverse valley at 1760-1800 feet in elevation. One of the coolest microclimates in Lake County, allowing for prolonged hang-time and excellent acidity.

SOIL Gravely-sandy loam soils of the Wolf Creek, Lipoyama and Manzanita series.

VINES Sauvignon-Musque: rootstock 4453, Vines are spaced 8’ by 5’, vertical shoot positioned and double Guyot cane pruned. Planted in 2006.

VINTAGE REPORT 2016 began with another very early bloom, leading to a very early harvest in Sonoma County; first fruit arrived August 5. During maturation, summer temperatures were warm and steady, with fewer heat spikes than 2015. Three weeks of cool weather in August and September relaxed the pace of harvest, allowing for methodical picking decisions and perfectly developed fruit. Yields were relatively average – down from 2014 and up from 2015.

FERMENTATION Whole cluster pressed, native yeast, non-ML, in a mixture of neutral oak barrels and stainless steel.

AGING Sur lies aged for eight months in 51% neutral oak and 49% stainless steel barrels. Lightly fined. Bottled without filtration.

PRODUCTION 1,422 cases

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