2020 Five Forks
Blend: Petit Manseng 61%, Sauvignon Blanc 32%, Chardonnay 4%, Pinot Gris 3%
Winemaker Note: With Five Forks now on its sixth installment, we are honing the relationship between two very different grapes. As always, 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 has become the foundation for our blending, and they give us a template to refine our technique in the cellar and our work in the vineyards. In a vintage like 2020, where the whites are lighter in style, we can work with higher proportions of Manseng and still maintain balance; the Sauvignon blanc is still able to make its mark, and there is a fresh, snappy feel to the wine as a whole. We have included small amounts of Chardonnay and Pinot Gris to bring polish to the wine. There’s no doubt these two grapes have an affinity for each other, regardless of vintage, and we are excited to cultivate their relationship.
Wine Description: With Petit Manseng in the lead, we feel the density of aroma and texture that are inherent to this grape. The aromatics flow from pear to peach to mango and are repeated as flavors in the palate, where the Sauvignon Blanc steps in with snappy green flavors, both herbs and piquant orchard fruit, and adds acid precision and a mineral finish. 2020 finds a way to embrace the textural nature of Petit Manseng while maintaining freshness of the Sauvignon blanc.