From the winery:
Near the confluence of Dry Creek and Wine Creek is a special place. The
soils are gravelly and there’s a fig tree there that’s believed to be more than
135-years-old. This place is also home to the Fig Tree Vineyard, source of
perhaps our most iconic white wine. Planted partially to the Musqué clone
of Sauvignon Blanc and farmed using organic and Biodynamic practices, the
vineyard yields a Sauvignon Blanc that truly tastes of a place.
Winemaker Hugh Chappelle ascribes to the practice that harvesting grapes
at various stages of ripeness affords the winemaker a more diverse palette to
employ for crafting a wine. In 2014, there was a bounty to work with as harvest
stretched over three weeks. The picks of the two clones, Musqué and Clone
1, began before dawn each day. Depending on the fruit, a mix of both whole
cluster and destemmed fruit was used. Fermentations occurred between 59
and 64 degrees with about 70% of the new wine spending time in stainless
and the remainder barrel fermented in a mix of neutral French oak and acacia
wood. The acacia added a touch of spice to the wine while aging on the lees
for four months imparted texture to this complex Sauvignon Blanc.
Some longtime fans of Fig Tree insist they get a hint of fig when they sip
our flagship Sauvignon Blanc. Power of suggestion? Perhaps, though we too
notice a subtle fig note. But there’s no doubt about the effusive aromas of lime
and freshly cut grass that leads to flavors of pineapple, lemon and lime along
with an undercurrent of wet stone. The bright acidity keeps things interesting
and makes the 2014 Fig Tree Sauvignon Blanc wonderful for pairing with a
plate of briny oysters or a creamy goat cheese.
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