2019 Bernardus Sauvignon Blanc Griva Vineyard

Year: 2019
Appellation: Arroyo Seco, Monterey County
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 87
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Wine Enthusiast: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.6%
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"There's good intensity to the crisp, mouthwatering flavors of marmalade, citrus and ruby grapefruit, with a touch of pear drop on the finish. Drink now. 9,500 cases made. -MW" (WS)

"Clean and fairly low-keyed on the nose with a wispy bit of fresh herbs identifying it as Sauvignon Blanc, this mid-sized offering is rounded and a touch viscous on entry then stiffens a bit as it crosses the palate and is compromised by a slight trim of late-to-arrive bitterness that will be minimized by the masking effects of service with food. Reviewed: August 2020" (CG)

"Lime-skin, freshly cut Anjou pear and a hint of stone aromas show on the nose of this single-vineyard expression. Granny Smith apple and guava-peel flavors converge on the palate, with hints of cut grass and wet rocks as well. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
All our Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from a block, specially planted for Bernardus, in the Griva Vineyard with the celebrated “Musqué” clone. We often add a dash of Semillon, also grown for us by Michael Griva, which contributes a note of richness and complexity to this superb wine.

All our grapes are hand-picked during many successive pickings at various ripeness levels in order to have a broad palette of flavors and acidity levels from which to create our final blend.

Tasting notes:
Our 2019 Signature Griva bottling has aromas of grapefruit accented by mineral nuances. The beautifully rich palate exhibits bright tropical fruit flavors with notes of lime and grapefruit zest. The 2019 version is beautifully rich, yet perfectly balanced with a gently crisp, refreshing acidity.

We ferment our Signature Griva Sauvignon Blanc at cool temperature in stainless steel tanks. It is then aged for several months in large, neutral 30-year-old French oak tanks to encourage integration of flavors. We use 3 specially selected yeasts, each one adding a unique flavor profile which enhances the complexity of the final blend.