In the glass, this wine bursts with aromatics of grapefruit, juicy melon, key lime, and lychee notes. Hailing from the gravelly soils of the Arroyo Seco AVA, this Sauvignon Blanc is fermented in 100% neutral oak barrels. On the palate, vibrant acidity surrounds flavors of passionfruit, lime zest, and crushed rocks, which give way to a textured and complex finish.
After several years of drought conditions, the wet winter provided an incredibly welcome commencement to the 2017 growing season. The very healthy start to the grapevines encouraged them to build strong canopies. Budbreak began the third week of March, and the increased growth that followed kept the vineyard team well-occupied shaping and managing the canopy throughout the spring to maintain excellent vine balance. The summer that followed was warmer than average. Nonetheless, the close proximity of the cold Pacific Ocean to the Luli vineyards brought the typical coastal winds and cooling morning fog. The result was that the growing season progressed nicely with excellent phenological development of the vines. A record-level heat wave surprised us and prompted us to begin the harvest in late-August with Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc. The majority of Pinot Noir was harvested in the middle of September and harvest finished with the Syrah in early October.