Santa Ynez Valley
After much experimentation, we have finally figured out the best way to grow the fruit for this wine. It is, of course, the most expensive way imaginable. But the combination of a great low vigor vineyard site (Westerly Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley) and meticulous farming has given us a very special wine. Most people would not bother doing what we do because sauvignon blanc wines do not command high enough prices to pay for this kind of attention to detail. However, I make this wine for my own pleasure, and my reward has been the warm response it has received over the years.
If you are looking for bland, middle-of-the road sauvignon blanc, this is not the wine for you. Last year we actually had a complaint from a new customer who thought there was something wrong with the 2001; he had never tasted a sauvignon blanc that was as distinctive as ours!! Like all our wines, this one comes with an attitude–it is zesty, herbal, floral, mineral, and generally just brimming full of personality.