Our sauvignon blanc is one of our most popular wines, and we used to call it ‘Lumiere.’ Frankly, we got tired of people seeing ‘Lumiere’ next to our ‘Mr Beast’ zinfandel and asking ‘Wow – are you huge fans of the Disney Beauty and the Beast movie?’ Now that our ‘Belle Marie’ Chardonnay is out too, we knew that would only get more weird – so we changed the name! Don’t misunderstand us, it’s a great movie, but it really has nothing to do with our winery. We harvested this wine during the total solar eclipse of 2017, picking grapes in the early morning and crushing under a very dark and still sky. It seemed appropriate to name the wine after that most powerful and evocative of celestial bodies: the moon – ‘La Lune.’
We give our sauvignon blanc a French name because it’s the wines of Sancerre that were our inspiration for the style we wanted to produce. Not too sharp and grassy, and not too lemon filled and rich – our sauvignon blanc style is elegant and bright, focusing more on the floral and melon aspects of the varietal. To accomplish this, we harvest earlier than most for great acidity, ferment and age in stainless steel with no oak or malolactic fermentation involved, and stir the wine in tank during aging to re-suspend the lees. This ‘lees stirring’ gives the wine more body and a little almond flavor without resorting to oak and sacrificing acidity. After hand picking and hand sorting back at the winery, the whole clusters of fruit were tossed into the press without crushing. Before bottling, we cool the tanks down and let the wines stabilize naturally in a cold environment. We will do a light filtration before bottle, but never add any fining agent.
The tropical flavors of the vineyard really shine through in the ’17 sauv blanc. Over layers of green apple and citrus there are grapefruit and pineapple notes. The wine is bright and racy with delightfully low alcohol, but still has a great texture and mouthfeel. As the months progress and the wine ages, we think this could be the best sauvignon blanc we’ve ever made!