2020 CCW Sauvignon Blanc
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
Sept. 8, 2020
Can a Sauvignon Blanc taste like a Sauvignon Blanc because this wine is loaded with traditional and typical aromas and flavors. The aromas scream of lemon, star fruit, an essence of fresh cut grass with a lingering tart finish. The flavors are warm and inviting. Slightly sweet notes start and cover your mouth before the acidity kicks in. Peach and pear flavors linger on the palate. This is an especially well-balanced and easy drinking wine for all occasions.
The start of 2020 was wet for Eastern Washington standards, some snow accumulated, and a few showers meant there was plenty of snowpack in the mountains and plenty of moisture in the soils to ensure vines got off to a good start. The spring continued the trend and vines started to push a little earlier than average. This early season growth seemed to set us on a path to early harvest, but the summer was consistent and did not make harvest start to early. Overall, the heat units were up but limited days in the triple digits had vines ripening at a steady pace. It was another season that saw smoke impact some areas, we seemed to miss the worst of it at our vineyard. The white wines were picked in early September and harvest went all the way to the end of October. The quality is amazing, and we can’t wait to share the wines with you.
Coyote Canyon Vineyard finally planted some Sauvignon Blanc in 2016 and I knew it was something we had to make here at the winery. Our first vintage was tasty and this one is even better. We fermented this wine in stainless steel and allowed the fruit notes to really come out. It's tropical highlights are unique and linger on the palate thanks to a touch of residual sugar. A touch of acid helps this wine remain soft, smooth, and balanced.