2016 Sauvignon Blanc
This pale lemon colored wine is expressly aromatic yet balanced with layers of structure and complexity. Initial aromatics show hints of elderberry flowers, Asian pear, green apple, honeydew melon and lime. The medium acidity cuts through a collection of grapefruit and herbs and leaves your palate coated with a pool of minerality. The creamy texture in the mid palate is derived from months of aging on lees and provides this delicate wine with a touch of power and length in both the nose and palate. The layers of stone fruits, guava and passion fruits are blanketed by a complex and long elevated finish. This wine is rich and bright yet lively and elegant.
Central Coast Wine Competition, June 2017 – Gold
San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2017 – Silver
Los Angeles International Wine Competition, 2017 – Silver
Wine Enthusiast, 2017 – 90 points
Terroirist.com, July 2017 – 89 points
Jeb Dunnuck, August 2017 – 89 points
Antonio Galloni, September 2017 – 90 points
Robert Parker Wine Advocates, September 2017 – 90 points
Estate Oak Club $32.30 /bottle Reserve Oak Club $30.40 /bottle
The vintage of 2016 started with a fairly mild winter which caused vines to come out of their dormancy period earlier than normal. We also saw lower than average rainfall for the fourth consecutive year. A smooth frost season led to an ideal bloom time. During this time we saw lower rainfall and limited wind, which translated into a successful fruit set and eventually one of our higher yields for Camp 4 Vineyard. A warm summer initiated an early harvest, however the majority of the harvest season was conducted in balanced temperatures leading to favorable conditions and longer hang time. Both of these scenarios allowed for greater flavor development and concentration similar to what we saw in 2015. Unlike the 2015 vintage however, the harvest was extended allowing the fruit to produce balanced chemistry and vibrant aromatic profiles. The wines in tank and barrel showed the highest potential since the 2013 vintage and highlighted a great depth, concentration, flavor and balance.
Camp 4 Vineyard is situated on the eastern most edge of the Santa Ynez Valley and serves as the gateway into Happy Canyon. The vineyard is home to 18 varietals focusing on Rhone and Bordeaux, providing an ideal micro-climate with a long growing season and maximum flavor development. The sandy-loam soil aids in producing high quality wine grapes. We pride our vineyard on the perfect balance of quality and quantity with a focus on sustainable farming.
A perfect pairing for arugula salad with goat cheese medallions and a lemon vinaigrette. This sauvignon blanc also complements halibut tostadas with a yogurt lime sauce or even grilled lamb with lemon and dill. The special thing about this wine is its versatility with its bright acidity and creamy mid-palate it can pair with anything from pesto to shrimp.