2008 Late Harvest Russian River Sauvignon Blanc

2008 Late Harvest Russian River Sauvignon Blanc

♦ DOUBLE GOLD WINNER! ♦

Through the process, the wine developed seductive aromas of peach, apricot, ginger and buttered toast. The wine is high in residual sugar yet incredibly balanced with a rich, complex, honeyed character.

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These grapes were affected by Botrytis in about 10% of the Clusters.  As a result, the grapes achieved a high level of sugar without too much dehydration, thereby creating a wine full of wonderful freshness yet showing the special "Noble Rot" character. "Noble Rot" is a beneficial mold that grows on ripe white wine grapes in the vineyard under specific climatic conditions.  Through the process, the wine developed seductive aromas of peach, apricot, ginger and buttered toast.  The wine is high in residual sugar yet incredibly balanced with a rich, complex, honeyed character.

2008 was the coolest vintage for sometime and this enabled the fruit to stay on the vines with a full canopy well into November.  These grapes were affected by Botrytis in about 10% of the Clusters.  So the grapes achieved this high level of sugar without too much dehydration, creating a wine full of wonderful freshness yes showing those special "Noble Rot" character.  The grapes were gently pressed to neutral oak barrels where a long and cool fermentaion lasting over 4 months  produced a wine with seductive aromas of Peach, Apricot, Ginger and buttered toast.

This wine can be enjoyed young, but with a few years of aging will develop an amazing array of more complex characters.

Awards

2013 - DOUBLE GOLD - American Fine Wine Competition
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Wine Specs

Vintage 2008
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation Russian River Valley
Sugar 32° Brix
Acid 3.2 g/L
pH 3.62
Bottling Date November 10, 2009
Residual Sugar 12.5 g/150ml
Alcohol % 13.8

Wine Profile

Tasting Notes Pairs Well with: After dinner aperitif, fruit desserts, baked deserts Recipes Apricot Pistachio Charoset, Rustic Pear Tart, Late Harvest Sorbet, Crème Brûlée Classic Sauvignon Blanc Flavors and Characters are all here – Citrus, Apple, and Tropical fruits intertwine with a subtle grassiness which is followed on the finish with ripe Peach, Apricot and that mysterious "Toast/Marmalade" character from the Botrytis. Because of this wines freshness it is absolutely delicious with fresh fruits, and complements many full flavored cheeses, but for a special treat try it drizzled over a rich creamy ice cream which takes this simple classic dessert to new levels.
Food Pairing Notes After dinner aperitif, fruit desserts, baked deserts
Oak Plan 90% Stainless Steel and 10% Neutral Oak
 

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Randi Brown
1 1 1 1 1 (Jun 7, 2012 at 9:44 PM)

I'm new to the wine industry so I'm still learning, but I have to say I'm very pleased with this wine. I will be purchasing this in the future

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