2002 Avenius Sauvignon Blanc
Pungent grapefruit zest, gooseberry, grass and spring flowers.
Fresh grapefruit, citrus zest, herbal flavors, very dry and mineral, with a bright acidity.
Spring vegetables, fresh goat cheese, fresh water fish, mussels, oysters, and any dishes prepared with fennel or fresh lemon.
Avenius Vineyard is owned and operated by Shari Avenius who is also 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 6 year old vines are trained on the French lyre trellising system.
The summer of 2002 was very hot and dry. The grapes were harvested under ideal conditions and picked according to soil differences. Harvest was September 10 and September 17.
Only the free run juice was used from lightly crushed grapes. The wine was cold fermented at 50°F and tank aged. 212 cases were bottled on March 2, 2003. This wine was made to drink young.