Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2017

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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

The 2017 growing season started out wet with record-breaking rainfall refreshing our vineyards after several dry years. The mild spring led to timely bud break and good fruit set, followed by ideal conditions of cool mornings and warm, sunny days throughout the summer months. Our first grapes of the season were “blessed” on August 25, officially beginning the St. Francis harvest. A few days of intense heat at the beginning of September sped up ripening throughout the region. Well-timed picks throughout the month meant the majority of fruit was in by the first week of October. Beautiful color, well-defined aromatics and outstanding flavor are all evident in this year’s vintage.

tasting note

Beautiful and bright, this Sauvignon Blanc bursts with fresh flavors and aromas of grapefruit and orange blossom with a note of minerality. The wine finishes smooth with a refreshing lift of stone fruit and crisp acidity.

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
PH: 3.26
ACIDITY: 0.57 g/100ml
ABV: 13.9%
AGING: 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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