The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge marks our second white wine. We brought in just over a ton of fruit on September 26, 2017, which produced just over 60 cases for release.
Originally planted primarily with Syrah and Zinfandel by husband and wife growers Dan Dooling and Vicki Tomola, the vineyard has more Pinot Noir and also a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc. It is the only vineyard with dry-farmed Sauvignon Blanc planted in the Mendocino Ridge appellation. The clone is the Entave French Clone #376 and was planted in 1997.
The wine shows pale lemon-green in the glass with an intense nose of lemon, pea shoots, lime and wet stone. Dry and slightly creamy on the palate, the wine’s fresh citrus and grassy flavors are supported by the zippy acidity that carries through to the finish. This wine screams for summer fare like halibut with herb butter or pasta with mint and peas. Drink now and over the next 2-3 years.