2019 Five Forks
57% Petit Manseng, 36% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Gris
Winemaker Note: The mission statement of this wine remains: evolve, but as this is the fifth installment, we are getting closer to the sweet spot in the relationship of two very different grapes. Petit Manseng desires the spotlight, wants the lead (it’s an extrovert, a little type A), and Sauvignon blanc is happy to be the right hand, though it certainly vamps when PM is not looking. This pairing of grapes is foundational and gives us a template to refine our technique in the cellar and our work in the vineyards. We continue to experiment in our fermentations and blend around these two, and we have returned to Chardonnay, which before 2018, we were never able to work into the wine. It’s possible that by removing Viognier, as we have done in both 2018 and 2019, Chardonnay is more welcomed by the two main grape varieties. Similar to friend groups, sometimes there are those two who just can’t be in the mix together. We know you know what we mean.