2007 Avenius Sauvignon Blanc
Yeasty, tropical fruits, slate and grapefruit zest.
Generous mid-palate weight, with subtle, mineral acidity.
Cold soups, fish and white meats prepared in a light, fresh summery style.
The chilled grapes were sorted, pressed, juice settled and then barrel fermented in older French oak. No malolactic fermentations. Aged sur lie in barrel for 10 months. 170 cases produced. The 2007 vintage is showing well when young, it is more fruit driven than is usual for the terroir, a reflection of the warmer growing season. Drink now through 2012.
Avenius Vineyard is owned and operated by Shari Avenius, who is also Linden Vineyard’s director. 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 slate. The Chardonnay vines were planted in 1996 and are trained on the French lyre trellising system.
The entire growing season, was very dry, with slightly above average temperatures. A two inch rain on the third week of August was beneficially refreshing. Harvest began about 10 days earlier than normal. Fruit maturity was very good, except for concerns about lower than normal acids. The resulting wines have good concentration and are more fruit driven than the mineral based 2004 and 2006 vintage. Harvest was September 8, 2007.