Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Barnard Griffin
Region: Washington

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc delivers textbook Sauvignon Blanc aromas of green herbs and tropical fruit. The palate shows characteristics of pear and melon with a pleasant streak of honey and orange zest. Racy acidity and an underlying minerality add balance and complexity.

Sauvignon Blanc originates from the Bordeaux region of France. Depending on the climate, the flavour can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and green flavours of grass, green bell peppers and nettles, with some tropical fruit such as passion fruit and floral notes such as elderflower. In warmer climates, it can develop a more tropical fruit profile but risks losing its aromatics from overripeness, leaving only slight hints of grapefruit and peach.

Columbia Valley was granted AVA status in 1984. Located on the eastern side of Washington, it is the largest AVA in the state, responsible for 99% of total wine production. With its dessert-like conditions (average annual rainfall is only 6-8 inches per year), irrigation is a necessity. The Columbia River, as well as snowmelt from the Cascade Mountains, supplies the region’s water for agriculture. Washington has an interesting dynamic between winemakers and grape growers in that they are often exclusively ‘Makers’ or ‘Growers’. Today, nearly 50% of Barnard Griffin’s fruit is grown on the estate.

The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of 3 vineyards: Sagemoor Vineyard (Columbia Valley); Gunkel Vineyard (Columbia Valley, Eastern Columbia River Gorge); and Caroway Vineyard (Columbia Valley). Barnard Griffin purchases grapes from growers using sustainable farming practices which is the norm throughout Washington. Despite all the natural benefits in Washington State, very few vineyards are organic and even fewer are biodynamic.

Cool fermented in stainless steel to retain fruit intensity.

Wine Type: White

Variety: 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillion

Classification: AVA

Orientation: Predominantly south facing slopes

Appellation: Columbia Valley

Gradient: Vineyards grown up to 600 masl

Soil: Volcanic, sandy loam, loess

Farming Practices: Sustainable Farming

Residual Sugar: Trace

Alcohol: 12.8

Malolactic: No

Botte Size: 750 ml

Acidity: 0.63 g/l (PH 3.5)

Other Practices: Sustainable, Vegan