“Although Red Willow vineyard is mostly known for its red grapes of distinction, grower Mike Sauer has also been carefully cultivating a few white varieties in other areas of his vineyard, like this Sauvignon Blanc. In this case, he planted a couple rows with a “field-blend” of several Sauvignon Blanc clones not normally grown in Washington – such as the Sauvignon Musque clone from France’s Loire Valley. This version has some of the qualities I enjoy from wines of that region – refreshing acidity, clean citrus and mineral flavors, food-friendly – and at the same time has qualities unique to these Red Willow vineyard rows.”
VINEYARD | AVA
Red Willow Vineyard (Les Vignes de Marcoux)
Yakima Valley, WA
Picked 8/25, Brix=21
Whole-cluster pressed. Fermented with native yeasts.
85% stainless steel tank and 15% neutral barrel-fermented, bottled after 5 months.
Alcohol=12%, Final pH=3.13
Flinty and slightly reductive, with refreshing citrus and limestone minerality.
S/SE facing, 1100-1300 feet, sandy loam.
Clones: Sauvignon Musque, Wente, France; 317/378, Italy.