||2006 Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest
The summer of 2006 got off to an unusually humid start. This made vineyard management challenging, but we proactively worked to keep an open canopy and protect our crop. By August, the relentless humidity finally abated as the Sauvignon Blanc grapes began to ripen with ample sunshine and heat leading up to harvest. This allowed for complete ripening of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with the subsequent development of botrytis, the “noble rot”. The grapes were carefully hand-harvested and whole-cluster pressed. This wine was barrel fermented in French oak (Vosges) barrels. Fermentation was kept very cold (50F or lower) and thus, slow, to preserve fruitiness.
Concentrated fruit flavors range from hints of citrus to distinct tastes of pineapple, mango, quince and litchi. The wine is rich and sweet, and has ample acidity to balance the sugar, resulting in a sensational, full-bodied, dessert wine with a long finish. The oak embellishes the wine by imparting a subtle nutty flavor and by increasing complexity.
Appelation: North Fork of Long Island
Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Cooperage: 3 year old Vosges oak barrels
Alcohol: 11.0 %
Total acidity: 9.8 g/l
Harvest Date: November 13, 2006
Brix at Harvest: 31.0
Residual Sugar: 9.0 %
Bottling Date: May 18, 2007
Production: 189 cases (one case=12 x 375ml bottles)