2018 Five Forks
Wine Description: As Petit Manseng takes the lead again, we see a return to the density of aroma and texture that are inherent to this grape. The aromatics flow from pear to peach to tropical fruit and are repeated as flavors in the palate, where the Sauvignon Blanc steps in with acid precision and a mineralic finish. 2018 offered us wonderful balance between concentration and freshness, and we are excited to share what is our best Five Forks yet.
Winemaker Note: With the 2018 vintage we continue the mission statement of this wine: evolve. This being the fourth installment, we are starting to see a theme for Five Forks. Petit Manseng desires the spotlight, wants to lead (it’s an extrovert, a little type A), and Sauvignon blanc is happy to be the right hand. We see this as a foundational agreement between the grape varieties that allows us to begin to refine our technique in the cellar and work in the vineyards. We continue to experiment and blend around these two, and this year we used Chardonnay for the first time, and while it has never worked in the blending before, this time it was essential to the finish work. Will it return in 2019? We look forward to finding out.