Quivira Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley Fig Tree 2008
This vineyard, named for a majestic 130-year old Black Mission fig tree that stands amongst the vines, became certified 100% organic and Biodynamic® in late 2005. Located at the confluence of two waterways on the Quivira estate, Dry Creek and Wine Creek, the soil has an extensive gravel layer due to its proximity to the creeks, creating a well drained site and yielding grapes with a unique flavor profile. The yields in 2008 were drastically reduced by several hard frosts in April. With such a small crop load the vines produced very concentrated fruit with more of the tropical (as opposed to grassy) flavors Sauvignon Blanc is known for. We fermented the wine with wild yeast in temperature controlled stainless steel to preserve the nerve and focus. Extended aging on the lees gave the wine added dimension. The resulting wine has an effusive nose of citrus blossoms and ripe melon. Although oysters and all shellfish are a natural match, this wine has the stuffing to pair well with roast pork or pasta with herb-infused cream sauce.
External Reviews for Quivira Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley Fig Tree
Made white Bordeaux-style, with barrel fermentation in partially new French oak and aged sur lies, this vineyard bottling is always interesting, but the rsquo;04 is one of the best. Itrsquo;s rich and creamy, with complex flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe fig, honeydew, crushed pineapple and peppery spice. Yet for all that, itrsquo;s quite dry. Donrsquo;t overchill, or yoursquo;ll miss the nuances.
They donrsquo;t get much drier or crispier than this. Shows savory aromas and flavors of lemongrass, gooseberry, grapefruit and gardenia, with a long, spicy finish. Ultra-clean and inviting.
Riper than most sauvignon, this balanced wine shows the warmth of the Dry Creek Valley, well farmed. The fruit flavor is clear pear and apple, moving toward peach, while the aroma has a sharp, pine-like edge. That sharpness, along with the honeyed finish, makes it a mouthwatering match for crab.
Woody, piney aromas hang with the wine through hints of citrus, green pear, tart apple and hints of melon that emerge on the finish. Good intensity. Drink now.
The 2002 vintage expresses the clean, herbal and citrus character that has marked the Quivira Sauvignon Blanc over the years. The subtle French oak harmonizes with the touch of Semillon adding weight and richness without detracting from the crisp fruit. The resulting wine is bright with fruit and has a clean and lasting finish of lemon grass.
Focused, with hay, fig, vanilla and tangy lemon-lime tones that carry through the vibrant finish. Drink now through 2006.