Jeb Dunnuck 95 Points: “More steely, grassy notes emerge from the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Grassini Family Vineyard, a much smaller production release that saw 16 months in 20% new French oak. Plenty of stone fruits, sappy herbs, peach, and wet stone notes develop with time in the glass, and it’s medium to full-bodied, with a rounded, elegant texture, beautiful purity, and a great finish. It can be enjoyed any time over the coming 10-15 years.”
Winery Notes: “Grassini is a stalwart in our portfolio and one of the true stars of Happy Canyon. We have made wine here since 2008, and the vineyard always delivers. We have three blocks in which we employ special pruning, canopy management (dappled light leafing on the afternoon side of the rows) and crop load strategies, and we limit irrigation to keep plant balance at lower yields. We harvest, press and ferment each block (or portion of a block) separately in a mixture of French oak barrels stainless steel. The result is highly complex, expressive wine that simply screams Grassini.
The 2018 wine was crafted from our favorite French oak barrels (88%) and stainless steel. (12%). 20% of the barrels were new. The wine was aged on its lees for 15 months before bottling. The wine shows its usual kaleidoscopic aromas and flavors, with nice lift from vibrant acidity. “