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What follows was originally posted by Wayne Young on 2/11/11 on his blog http://bastianichwinery.typepad.com/the_buzz/

Sauvignon needs to mature slowly for it to show good aromas and structure, and the soil of COF is adapted to bring out the best in Sauvignon.

The typical soil of the COF, known as “ponca” or “flysch” is a light –colored calcareous marl, formed deep beneath the sea, where water pressure compressed this calcium rich sediment.