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BEHIND THE VINES
Noble Vines Sauvignon Blanc is named for block 242 of our home vineyard in the San Bernabe AVA of Monterey. This cool location along the California Central Coast – similar to the climate of Marlborough, New Zealand – produces the bright citrus notes found in this wine. The loamy hillside soils of block 242 are heavy and vigorous, allowing the vines to grow protective canopies to shade the fruit from the afternoon sun, resulting in Sauvignon Blanc with brilliant aromatics and balanced acidity. The primary vine stock in this wine is Sauvignon Blanc 1, which originated in Bordeaux, France, and has adapted well to California. We match each of these treasured vines to our best vineyard sites to ensure our dedication to quality.
The goal with Sauvignon Blanc is to harvest the fruit during the small window of time in which the varietal shows its most favored characteristics. In our vineyards, we pick the moment the Sauvignon Blanc shows a perfect balance of grassy and fruity notes, with citrus flavors at their peak. Having our winery right in the vineyard is an advantage in that the delicate aromas and flavors are instantly preserved after harvest. Once pressed, the juice is transferred into stainless steel tanks. Special yeasts are added to the juice to enhance the aromas and flavors of 242 Sauvignon Blanc during fermentation. Fermentation was carried out in 100% stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures, and without malolactic fermentation or lees aging. The aim with the Noble Vines Sauvignon Blanc is to preserve and showcase the intense fruit characters of the vineyards of Monterey County.
Our 242 Sauvignon Blanc gives way to tropical aromas of guava, gooseberry, passionfruit, along with the freshness of green grass. Medium-bodied with bright acidity, this refreshing wine offers flavors of guava and pineapple, and a clean, mineral finish.
The bright acidity of this wine makes it the perfect partner for fresh herbs in food such as pesto pasta, chimichurri steak, or tarragon chicken. A goat cheese appetizer is an excellent match for Sauvignon Blanc..
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