1999 Avenius Sauvignon Blanc
Very dry and mineral, with a bright acidity.
Grapefruit zest, gooseberry, musk, chalk, and freshly cut hay.
Fresh goat cheese, fresh water fish, mussels, oysters, and any dishes prepared with fennel or fresh lemon.
Avenius Vineyards is owned and operated by Shari Avenius who is part of the Linden Vineyards staff. It is located on the Blue Ridge one half mile north of Linden Vineyards at an elevation of 1,300 feet on a steep northeast facing slope. Soils are well drained, rocky greenstone and shale. These 4-year-old vines are trained on the French lyre trellising system.
Only free run juice was used from the crushed grapes. The wine was cold fermented at 55Âº F, then racked at mid-fermentation into older French oak barrels, where it finished fermentation and aged sur lie until March. 294 cases were bottled on April 6, 2000. This wine was made to drink young, but may age well.