2017 Ojai Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc McGinley Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 89
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$22.95

FIRST TIME IN YEARS, HAD A CHANCE TO TASTE AT THEIR TASTING ROOM IN OJAI AND THOUGHT WE SHOULD SELL THIS IN SO CAL!!

"The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc McGinley is very lightly scented of baker's yeast, green melon, grapefruit and lemon pith with a stony streak and touches of white blossom. The light to medium-bodied palate is mineral-driven and offers clean, fresh fruits, with tangy acidity and a refreshing finish. 529 cases produced." (WA)

"The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc McGinley is bright, precise and nicely focused, with lovely varietal character and tons of class. Lime, green pear and white flowers add brightness to this crisp, mid-weight Sauvignon Blanc." (VM)

"Starting with the whites from the team of Adam Tolmach and Fabien Castel, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc McGinley Vineyard is outstanding, showing bright grapefruit, lime, and floral notes as well as medium body, notable purity, and salivating levels of acidity. Drink it over the coming 3-4 years." (JD)

"Very light on the nose at first, the refreshing bottling offers subtle aromas of springtime flowers and delicate grass, proving quite appealing and even sexy. The subtleties continue on the palate, where rounded Asian pear flesh meets with a honeysuckle sweetness." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Often our Sauvignon Blanc moves across the palate with bat-like urgency, a nimble cutting path driven by racy acidity. This 2017 bottling cuts too, but in a more rounded and graceful kind of way than our norm: if you can picture the way a duck cleaves water when it lands, that rounded initial impact and gliding momentum might paint a picture of the difference here.

Some of the more laid-back nature of this bottling comes from our tinkering. Our Sauvignon Blanc drinks so, so well after 2-4 years in bottle, unfortunately when most people have drunk it already. We love the powerful, dense Sauvignon Blanc that our low-yielding cordon-trained vines provide, but out of curiosity about how we might open it up a bit, we experimented with blending in small amounts of fruit sourced from the more fruitful cane-pruned vines planted nearby. The effect is subtle (with the vineyard elements remaining the same), but meaningful in terms of the drinking window.

Before, our Sauvignon Blanc needed time for the fruit to expand into the structure of the wine, whereas this 2017 is truly drinking great right now. There’s some cushion of fruit with elongated curves and more forgiving edges, but no shortage of acidity in the prickly fresh finish. Expect the familiar crunchy Asian pear, green apple and mineral elements of our McGinley, but also enjoy the pungency of floral fragrance in the 2017—with some air the citrus blossom aroma gets downright heady!