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2019 The Barrel Climber Sauvignon Blanc

2019 The Barrel Climber

Sauvignon Blanc

SONOMA COASTsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $46.80
RETAIL: $52.00


Tasting Notes

While the popularity of Sauvignon blanc is at an all-time high, for some strange reason we seem to be one of the few treating it as an equal to Chardonnay in the cellar. We’re constantly tinkering in search of the ultimate expression for the Barrel Climber cuvée.

For 2019 we once again employed 50% whole cluster (carbonic) fermentation and raised all of the juice in barrel, mostly older French, allowing the exotic Rauscedo and Musqué clones to shine through and avoiding too much overt oak flavor.

Outrageously aromatic with intense notes of guava, passionfruit, pink grapefruit, jasmine and lychee this wine has the intensity and texture of a Chardonnay but with so much more flamboyant character. As someone once said, “this one goes to 11.”

The excellent, oh-so-well-integrated backbone of natural acidity provides freshness, helping it pair with a wide variety of food. It’s fabulous flying solo too.

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: Late 2021 through 2027
Graceful ageability: 2028+

VINEYARDS

53% Dry Stack, 47% Fallenleaf

CLONES

53% Raucscedo, 35% Musqué, 12% Clone 1

STATS

pH: 3.2 |  TA: 6.6 | Alcohol: 14.3%
Bottling: December 4, 2020| Release: Fall 2021
Cases Produced: 48

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