Sonoma Coast Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Coast Hummingbird Hill 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

A Sauvignon Blanc vineyard within the cold Sonoma Coast AVA is unusual. Most growers seek out warmer regions and larger yields for this varietal. Fortunately, John and Jean Hackenburg, owners of Hummingbird Hill Vineyards, were willing to think outside the box but inside the bottle when they planted this vineyard on their steep, windswept hillside along Petaluma Hill Road. The vineyard is ideally suited to Sauvignon Blanc, its westerly exposure providing enough warmth to assure even ripening. By late afternoon, the wind shifts off the Pacific, effecting a fast cool down, prolonging hang time and maintaining acid levels. The vineyard's volcanic origins accentuate the mineral character of the wine, keeping it fresh on the palate. Hummingbird Hill is planted to two Sauvignon Blanc clones: Clone 1 and Sauvignon Musque. Clone 1 contributes intense fig, pear and pineapple flavors, while Sauvignon Musque is the source of floral and mineral notes. Tasting Notes: This is an ideal aperitif wine, balanced and complex, with fig, pear and tropical fruit flavors. Our 2006 Sauvignon Blanc will complement a myriad of food pairings including grilled fish and fresh seafood, particularly oysters, crab, and lobster, grilled chicken dishes and a wide range of cheeses. The inspiration for this wine comes in part from our admiration for New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The high acidity and low pH of these wines have found their way to Hummingbird Hill Vineyards and marry nicely with the lush fruit profile that is frequently found in Sauvignon Blancs from the Russian River. Our Sauvignon Blanc offers characteristics often found in one or the other but seldom in both. With that idea in mind, we present: "New Zealand meets Russian River on the Sonoma Coast." Anthony Austin, Winemaker May 3, 2007 The grapes were hand-picked in the cool early morning and pressed within a matter of hours. The fruit was direct pressed in whole clusters and transferred to a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank. After settling, the juice was inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast. This particular strain of yeast has the ability to express and maintain the purity of the fruit character of both clones. 35% of the wine was fermented and aged in French oak; the balance was cold fermented in stainless steel. We did not want to use ``new oak'' and risk losing delicacy and varietal purity, but at the same time we were seeking something beyond the limits of neutral oak. With this in mind, we approached a local barrel maker in Sonoma County and created the desired barrel effect by removing the heads and ``shaving'' the staves of four year old French barrels, then re-toasting both the staves and heads to our desired levels. The results are dramatic as this process develops a rich and complex palate along with a diverse range of spice components, without adding astringent wooded character that would clash with the delicate fruit. To gain further complexity, barrel lots were finished ``sur lies'' with hand stirring to add the warmth of the yeast flavors along with a hint of vanilla and toast. After five months in barrel and tank, the lots were blended and bottled.

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Sonoma Coast Vineyards produces handcrafted wines exclusively from the Sonoma Coast appellation - wines of exceptional quality and character that will be recognized as the highest representation of excellence. Focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a small production of cold climate Syrah, Sonoma Coast Vineyards makes wines that embody the qualities and character that have shown the Sonoma... Read more
Sonoma Coast Vineyards produces handcrafted wines exclusively from the Sonoma Coast appellation - wines of exceptional quality and character that will be recognized as the highest representation of excellence. Focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with a small production of cold climate Syrah, Sonoma Coast Vineyards makes wines that embody the qualities and character that have shown the Sonoma Coast appellation to be one of the great growing regions of the world for these varietals. Growing grapes in the dramatically cool western reaches of Sonoma County is complex and demanding - but truly worth the risk. The resulting fruit produces wines that are elegant and intensely structured. Wine writer Robert Parker identifies the Sonoma Coast appellation as "where world class Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays are being made that are every bit as complex and complete as the greatest wines of France." (Savor Wine Country Magazine, Fall 2002) Under the direction of winemaker Anthony Austin, Sonoma Coast Vineyards wines display elegance, harmony, and balance. The 2002 vintage represented Anthony's 32nd harvest. Having studied under and assisted famed winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff, Anthony went on to become the founding winemaker at Firestone Vineyards. During his ten years at Firestone Vineyards, he helped to elevate the Santa Barbara region and Firestone Vineyards to new heights. Anthony's Austin Cellars wines won broad international acclaim and remain highly sought after collectibles. Anthony brings his vast knowledge and experience to Sonoma Coast Vineyards' mission of producing exceptional wines from the renowned Sonoma Coast appellation. By carefully selecting the vineyards and working closely with each grower, Anthony obtains ripe, balanced fruit from these climate-challenged vineyards. His love for his craft, and the character of the appellation, is reflected in every glass of wine he produces. Read less

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Wine Tasting Notes



A Sauvignon Blanc vineyard within the cold Sonoma Coast AVA is unusual. Most growers seek out warmer regions and larger yields for this varietal. Fortunately, John and Jean Hackenburg, owners of Hummingbird Hill Vineyards, were willing to think outside the box but inside the bottle when they planted this vineyard on their steep, windswept hillside along Petaluma Hill Road. The vineyard is ideally suited to Sauvignon Blanc, its westerly exposure providing enough warmth to assure even ripening. By late afternoon, the wind shifts off the Pacific, effecting a fast cool down, prolonging hang time and maintaining acid levels. The vineyard's volcanic origins accentuate the mineral character of the wine, keeping it fresh on the palate. Hummingbird Hill is planted to two Sauvignon Blanc clones: Clone 1 and Sauvignon Musque. Clone 1 contributes intense fig, pear and pineapple flavors, while Sauvignon Musque is the source of floral and mineral notes. Tasting Notes: This is an ideal aperitif wine, balanced and complex, with fig, pear and tropical fruit flavors. Our 2006 Sauvignon Blanc will complement a myriad of food pairings including grilled fish and fresh seafood, particularly oysters, crab, and lobster, grilled chicken dishes and a wide range of cheeses. The inspiration for this wine comes in part from our admiration for New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs. The high acidity and low pH of these wines have found their way to Hummingbird Hill Vineyards and marry nicely with the lush fruit profile that is frequently found in Sauvignon Blancs from the Russian River. Our Sauvignon Blanc offers characteristics often found in one or the other but seldom in both. With that idea in mind, we present: "New Zealand meets Russian River on the Sonoma Coast." Anthony Austin, Winemaker May 3, 2007 The grapes were hand-picked in the cool early morning and pressed within a matter of hours. The fruit was direct pressed in whole clusters and transferred to a temperature-controlled stainless steel tank. After settling, the juice was inoculated with Assmanhausen yeast. This particular strain of yeast has the ability to express and maintain the purity of the fruit character of both clones. 35% of the wine was fermented and aged in French oak; the balance was cold fermented in stainless steel. We did not want to use ``new oak'' and risk losing delicacy and varietal purity, but at the same time we were seeking something beyond the limits of neutral oak. With this in mind, we approached a local barrel maker in Sonoma County and created the desired barrel effect by removing the heads and ``shaving'' the staves of four year old French barrels, then re-toasting both the staves and heads to our desired levels. The results are dramatic as this process develops a rich and complex palate along with a diverse range of spice components, without adding astringent wooded character that would clash with the delicate fruit. To gain further complexity, barrel lots were finished ``sur lies'' with hand stirring to add the warmth of the yeast flavors along with a hint of vanilla and toast. After five months in barrel and tank, the lots were blended and bottled.

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