California Sauvignon Blanc Wine
Mirassou® Sauvignon Blanc
About the Wine:
Our 2011 Mirassou California Sauvignon Blanc is bright and expressive with flavors of juicy pink grapefruit and mandarin orange that linger on the finish. Notes of melon and guava combine with a slight hint of fresh cut grass to create a crisp acidity and soft mouthfeel.
The grapes for our 2011 Sauvignon Blanc wine were selected from vineyards along the Russian River Valley with a portion from the Lodi Delta. Both regions have characteristically cool evenings and mornings, which allowed the grapes to retain their great natural acidity. The 2011 growing season began late because of an unusually cool and wet spring, contributing to this wine’s excellent, crisp acidity. Summer was also cooler than usual, so we managed leaf canopies to let ample sunlight reach the berries and develop distinct tropical notes in the grapes.
The grapes for our 2011 Sauvignon Blanc were gently whole cluster pressed in a membrane press to minimize the extraction of bitter phenolics. The juice was delivered to the fermentor via centrifuge to create a more elegant mouthfeel. The must was then fermented at temperatures ranging from 60˚F to 65˚F, which is warmer than usual for most Sauvignon Blanc wines, in order to bring out more of the tropical and ripe citrus notes. After fermentation, the wine was aged off of its lees and bottled with no oak contact to preserve the bright fruit flavors.