"Norma Gibson, the grower of our Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino County. This 33-year-old vineyard sits on Talmadge Bench just east of Ukiah. A portion of the vineyard is dedicated to free-standing, head-pruned vines and the rest if planted in classic vine rows with an overhead trellis system. This vineyard has been farmed organically for the last twelve years. Our back label carries the official CCOF seal which is the guarantee to our customers that the grapes were grown to the exacting standards set forward by the National Organic Program."
"Now in its fourth year, California's drought was in the back of every Mendocino vintner's mind throughout the 2015 growing season. Because of the drought, the worry early in the season was that the vines wouldn't have enough water for the vegetative cycle, never mind ripening fruit. Another great vintage emerged from Mendocino from what originally looked like a potentially challenging year. This Vintage began rather early. But thanks to nearly 3 inches of rain in February and more than an inch in April, the vines managed to thrive. This quick start was due primarily to the weather and the light vineyard yield. Even though the summer was generally mild, last spring’s dry warm weather contributed to early vine development. Early harvest is a blessing here as it can get very cold and wet mid-October. We were able to pick at ideal physiological ripeness. While yields were down and approaching near average levels after three vintages in a row of abundant crops, the quality and purity of the 2015 fruit is evident. The quality of the fruit is exceptional and particularly fragrant, and our wines are showing excellent color and body only a few days into fermentation." Winery Notes, More at ElizabethSpencerWines.com