2017 The Ojai Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc McGinley Vineyard

Year: 2017
Appellation: Santa Ynez Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Advocate: 89
Wine Enthusiast: 91
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$21.95

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)

"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!