The 2019 Sophie James Sauvignon Blanc is the label’s first foray into white wine. Working closely with small family growers, the fruit is sourced from a coveted vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River AVA. Sophie and James Gray were first introduced to the vineyard and its capacity to produce beautiful terroir-driven wines by their winemakers Scott and Jenny Schultz. They fell in love with the idea of working with Sauvignon Blanc and when the opportunity arose to create a limited production wine from this organically-farmed vineyard site, they jumped heart first.
There are many parallels between the Sophie James estate vineyards and that of the Sauvignon Blanc. Located down the mountain, and a little hop across Sonoma County, the vineyard lies on the eastern edge of the Russian River Valley. This special vineyard benefits from similar foggy early morning conditions, rolling hillsides, rocky volcanic soils, and thoughtful, organic farming practices of the Sophie James estate. It felt kismet.
The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc was harvested early on September 18th to preserve the fruit’s characteristically fresh, bright flavors and acidity. Once in the winery, it was whole-cluster pressed into stainless steel and left to settle overnight. The juice was then racked into the tank to undergo a slow, cool fermentation for 20 days, before aging on light lees in neutral oak and stainless steel for four months.
Lime zest, lemongrass, tarragon, ginger, white flowers, stony minerality with subtle tropical notes of grapefruit, papaya & guava