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Sauvignon Blanc, Griva Vineyard - 2012

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Sauvignon Blanc, Griva Vineyard - 2012

Michael Griva planted this special vineyard for Bernardus in the Arroyo Seco appellation, which sits just south of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation in the Salinas Valley. The soils are very sandy and rocky which, along with the sunny, breezy climate, produce exceptional grapes with pronounced varietal character accented by a note of minerality. The Griva Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is planted exclusively with the Musqué clone of Sauvignon Blanc which is highly prized for its intense aromatic and flavor expression. We are now very happy to be able to include a small Semillon component coming from our recent planting at the Griva vineyard. Although only 5% of the blend, we feel that this adds an extra note of richness and complexity to the finished wine.

2012 provided us with beautiful weather throughout the summer, and warm, dry conditions throughout harvest resulting in intense wines of superb varietal expression. As usual at Bernardus, we hand picked our grapes during many successive pickings at various ripeness levels in order to have a broad palette of styles and acidity levels from which to choose our final blend.

Our 2012 Griva Sauvignon Blanc exhibits aromas of ripe tropical fruits accented by notes of lime zest and grapefruit. On the palate we find luscious flavors that mirror the aromas along with grassy notes and a crisp, refreshing acidity.

This year’s Griva Sauvignon Blanc was fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures and blended with a small amount of barrel fermented Griva Semillon. The final blend was made after many successive tasting trials in order to achieve the best expression of this unique vineyard. We use three specially selected yeasts, each bringing a different nuance to the overall blend.

Appellation: Arroyo Seco

Varietal composition:
95% Griva Sauvignon Blanc
5% Griva Semillon

Case Production : 1457 cases

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