City Winery has establishing relationships with a number of premium vineyards for the 2011 harvest. Here’s a look at one of our partners, Windrem Vineyard.
VARIETY: Sauvignon Blanc
LOCATION/REGION: Lake County, Clear Lake, CA
CLONE: Clone 1 on 5 C rootstock
TERROIR: Volcanic origin / Sandy loam
OTHER INFO: Double cordon on Lyre trellising
PRICE: $1,850 per barrel
DESCRIPTION: The Windrem Vineyard sits atop alluvial deposits of soils eroded over the millennia from the surrounding hills and mountains that comprise the northern portion of the Mayacamas Range. At an altitude of 1,360 feet, the vineyard lies about 2 miles south of Clear Lake and about 1 mile west of Mt. Konocti, a dormant volcano that towers above the entire region. The elevation of this site, coupled with the effects of the lake and surrounding mountains, causes diurnal temperature swings that are commonly 45ºF – conditions that allow for ample acid retention during fruit maturation.
WINE STYLE: Bright and clear pale straw. Pear and peach notes with moderate stone fruit and citrus fruit expression on the nose. Bright and racy with minerality note.