Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2016

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Fruit for this refreshing wine comes from top growers in Sonoma County, an area renowned for producing high quality Sauvignon Blanc. Cool mornings and warm afternoons produce fruit with classic Sauvignon Blanc characteristics and pronounced flavors. To retain the bright flavors and crisp acidity of this varietal, the grapes were picked at dawn and arrived at the winery cold. The grapes were pressed and a majority of the juice was sent directly to stainless steel tank while a small portion went to barrel for fermentation. The wine was fermented slowly at 55º for over 30 days, preserving the wonderful aromas of Sauvignon Blanc. We prevented malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine’s clean, crisp texture. It was then aged for five months before bottling.

89 Points

Wine Spectator

2017 vintage
89 Points

Wine Advocate

2017 vintage
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harvest note

Harvest in 2016 started in the middle of August during a pattern of warm sunny days cooled by foggy mornings and breezy afternoons for most of the area. The early months of the year were very mild with little rain allowing the vines to progress steadily and uneventfully. Yields throughout the region were slightly below average but moderate weather starting in early summer gave the fruit plenty of time to develop great color and flavor, resulting in beautifully balanced wines.

tasting note

This is a crisp, flavorful Sauvignon Blanc with bright aromas of key lime, tangerine and yellow peach. The flavors are rich and opulent with notes of mandarin orange and stone fruits that precede a backbone of acidity on the smooth finish.

food pairing

Excellent as an aperitif or paired with salads, sushi, seafood and fresh, young cheeses.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
AGING: 14.1%
FORMATS AVAILABLE: 5 months, 85% stainless steel, 15% barrel ferment

points of distinction

  • Slow, cool fermentation without malolatic fermentation result in a fresh, highly aromatic fruit profile
  • Versatile as an aperitif or with a variety of seafood and light meats
  • A pure and classic Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc
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Sonoma wines express themselves differently than wines from Napa. They have their own unique brightness and great intensity

– Chris Louton, Winemaker

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