“Whitehall Lane is known for a Bordeaux style, fruit-forward, and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. A majority of the fruit used for this wine was whole-cluster pressed. A small portion of the fruit was destemmed and pumped as whole berries directly into the tank for 18 hours of grape skin contact. This process creates a big, fleshy mid-palate weight to enhance the wine. Before fermentation, a portion of the Sauvignon Blanc juice underwent cold stabulation (chilling at 40 F) for 8 days, increasing the texture and aromatics. 75% of the fruit was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks while 25% was fermented in French oak barrels (15% new, 10% neutral). Native yeast fermentation took place in barrel, with sur lies (on the lees) and battonage (stirring) for four months. All these winemaking techniques create a unique Sauvignon Blanc with enhanced flavors and aromas, whilst offering a bold, round mid-palate and long, lingering finish.”
91 points, Wine Enthusiast
“The 2021 Sauvignon blanc offers a great deal of complexity. On the nose, it evokes white nectarines, Golden Delicious apples, honeysuckle, fresh green figs, lemon curd and fragrant white flowers. Though crisp up front, the mid-palate offers a medium-bodied texture. Its flavors include Bartlett pear, lime zest, brioche, yellow peaches, spiced apple tart and a touch of toasted walnut. The finish has a beautiful length with fresh acidity and subtle toasty notes.”
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