2017 Frank Johnson Sauvignon Blanc

Best of Class - SF Chronicle Wine Competition Vibrant citrus and pink grapefruit aromas and flavors are framed by a distinct minerality and creamy texture.

Alcohol: 13.7%

pH: 3.12

Cases; 508


Tasting Notes:  Grown in the Dry Creek Valley, emerald green clusters of fruit become this virbrant Sauvignon Blanc. Lively citrus, gooseberry, and zesty pink passionfruit aromas and flavors are framed by a distinct minerality. A soft entry allows nuances of fresh grass and fruit to remain on the tongue, followed by a crisp, refreshing finish.

Vineyard: Located in the Dry Creek Valley, the Frank Johnson Vineyard is composed of loamy, slow but welldraining Goldridge soil, which keeps the terrain cool and allows long hang-time. Throughout the growing season, we tailored our work in the vineyard to balance the site’s natural ability to produce fruit with intense aromatics.

Vintage: During winter and spring we had record-breaking rainfall - 75 inches. After the wet start the vinesdeveloped at rapid growth. We endured four heat waves before the berries fully changed color. We did not pull leaves around the fruit as we normally do, keeping the clusters shaded from the intense summer heat. The vintage finished late with overall fruit forward wines with nice acidity. All of our white varietals, and roughly 90% of our red varietals, had been harvested before the October fires.

Winemaking: Harvested in the early hours of the morning, our Sauvignon Blanc fruit is whole cluster pressed. Fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the signature aroma from the vineyard.

Winemaker: Lisa Amaroli

Harvested: August 2017

Certification: Certified Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers

Cellaring: Drink Now

Products specifications
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Collection Benziger Family
Green Certification Sustainable