We are so excited to share our second release of Sauvignon Blanc! Sauvignon Blanc has always been a core player in our Five Forks blend, but with the addition of new plantings and Capstone Vineyard, we are able to produce a bottling as single varietal. This wine is an interesting hybrid of inspiration, embracing the unique textural perspective of Bordeaux, while highlighting freshness seen in many regions throughout the world. The high acidity of Sauvignon Blanc complements the lees contact/stirring coupled with barrel aging on a significant portion of this wine. The bright aromatics the grape naturally displays are highlighted with a small portion of this bottling fermented in stainless steel, with the barrel fermented component displaying a richer and more broad aromatic profile
In the lively spirit of Virginia, 2021 was an exciting vintage for Early Mountain. It very much reflects the impact of site, with regions throughout the state experiencing highly varying climatic events, greatly influencing the dynamic range in fruit attributes.
Early spring, we gratefully saw few frost events, escaping significant fruit damage. Despite some early season rains, bloom-time in the vineyard was quite dry, allowing for a good fruit set. With warm daytime temperatures throughout most of the growing season, we saw high and even ripening throughout both Quaker Run and Early Mountain vineyards. The late season rains, leading to harvest were also accompanied by notable drying (this was doubly obvious when tending to our new plantings, which need water!). Overall, despite harvest-time rainfall, we could not have asked for a better result.