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2011 Lancaster Estate Samantha’s Sauvignon Blanc

The 2011 vintage of Samantha’s Sauvignon Blanc has rich aromas of melon, citrus, and honeysuckle. The vibrant acidity is complemented with beautiful structure and layered texture. Ripe grapefruit, pear and spice notes linger on the palate with a mouthwatering bright finish of minerality and freshness.

Samantha’s Sauvignon Blanc was barrel fermented in our wine caves using 100% native yeast. The wine was then aged seven months sur lie for additional texture and complexity in 80% stainless steel barrels and 20% French oak (10% new and 10% seasoned). Our Sauvignon Blanc was bottled unfiltered.

Early spring rains delayed bud break in the vineyard with the first sign of buds occurring the week of March 28. Cold, heavy rains persisted through the second week of June during the crucial f lowering stage. As a result, the Sauvignon Blanc was hit hard by cluster shatter resulting in crop yields being reduced an average by 60%. By harvest time yields were at record lows for our estate yet the fruit came in looking beautiful with great concentration and purity. After a long, cold, and clean fermentation, the young estate grown Sauvignon Blanc exhibited elegant and complex varietal character.

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