2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Crushed stones, medium weight, lively and dry.
Mineral and lime zest and lemon thyme.
Fresh goat cheese, smoked fish, and dishes seasoned with lots of fresh herbs
All grapes are from Hardscrabble, which is Linden’s estate vineyard. 2014 was the “virgin” harvest for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, meaning it was the first year that the vines (planted in 2012) were allowed to produce a crop. The vines are pruned “double Guyot,” trained on standard VSP trellising at a density of 1,658 vines per acre. Soils are mostly granite with some greenstone. Slope is gradual and south facing.
2014 started very late with bud break in early May. A warm, dry summer was welcome as the vine’s vegetative growth slowed at the right time. Instead of putting energy into producing more leaves, which will happen in a wet summer, the vines put their energy into ripening the grapes. We knew something good was going to happen when veraison occurred sooner (and faster) than expected. Spring and mid-summer lay the foundation of the vintage, but late August and September determined the style, character and quality of the wines. The beginning of the harvest started in early September. It was typical of the “cat and mouse” picking strategies that we are all now accustomed to. A few days of sunny, delightful weather followed by showers characterized the harvest. Harvest was September 9 and 11, 2014.
The grapes were sorted and destemmed before pressing. The juice was fermented and aged in tank on lees. 95% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Semillon. Bottled May 6, 2015. 184 cases produced. Drink upon release through 2016.