This wine was inspired by my time in Bordeaux with focus on Châteaux that I was able to spend time at like Hault-Brion, Smith Haut Lafitte, and Domaine de Chevalier. I already had a love affair with the Red’s of Bordeaux with little expectations for their whites until I worked there. This is when my view on Sauvignon Blanc changed and I was determined to make a Sauvignon Blanc in my home of Sonoma County that could showcase what I learned. While the fruit is 100% estate grown Sauvignon Blanc, I decided not to label it such because of the significant Bordeaux influence that I believe is more comparable.
I even went as far to have specific barrels sent over from Bordeaux that were made particularly for Hault-Brion Blanc. I studied at Hault-Brion’s own cooperage to see them make these barrels and ultimately knew I had to ship some over from Bordeaux for this wine. These French Oak barrels that have acacia barrel heads with a very particular toast represent 10% of the oak in this wine with another 40% being new Francois Freres medium and light toast as well as 50% once used French oak.
This approach combined with the Dry Stack fruit that Robert Parker Jr. calls, “one of California’s finest examples of this Italian clone of Sauvignon Blanc that is planted in these gravelly, loamy soils" has already produced an extremely rare honor from Wine Enthusiast that issued a 93 rating for our inaugural vintage.
This is a very special wine that can be enjoyed now or cellared.
— Jesse Katz Partner/Winemaker