Sourced from the highest elevation commercial planting of Sauvignon Blanc in the Northern Hemisphere, a one-acre block at our very own Redstone Vineyard, this crisp, dry wine is an extremely limited offering. Produced in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, our Sauvignon Blanc is intensely aromatic with vibrant notes of passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit.
The Storm Cellar’s 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is special on multiple levels. It is the only planting of Sauvignon Blanc within the West Elks AVA, and it expresses itself uniquely here. It is lean in texture, while still boasting an extremely ripe and tropical flavor profile.
The acid is more moderated than many other styles of Sauvignon Blanc, but the texture of the acid is delicate and refined. This wine pairs perfectly with soft cheeses like chèvre, green salads, sushi, and gazpacho.
- Variety - 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Clone - Gist
- AVA - West Elks
- Vineyard - Redstone Vineyard
- Harvest Date - September 19, 2018
- Fermentation - temperature-controlled stainless steel
- Aging - stainless steel
- Brix - 23.5º
- pH - 3.23
- TA - 6.4 g/L
- Alcohol - 14/%
- Production - 51 cases
Behind the Bottle
The Sauvignon Blanc vines at the Redstone Vineyard are literally right out the back door of our home, and is the only Sauv Blanc in our valley. This block of vines was only one acre at the time of its original planting, and that size has decreased dramatically due to the presence of phylloxera among these own-rooted vines.
We barely made fifty cases in 2018. The yield has decreased dramatically within the last year, so we will not be bottling it as a single-varietal Sauvignon Blanc this year, but rather using it in a blend. This is truly a one-of-a-kind wine. Made from hyper-concentrated, phylloxera-stressed vines, in an incredibly unique growing situation for this normally humidity-loving grape, this wine is unlike any other Sauv Blanc and will never be replicated, even by us.
So much love, fun, and liveliness went into this wine, and its characteristics reflect it. Our Sauvignon Blanc bursts with freshness and notes of passion fruit, guava, and grapefruit. We picked this small block with a few, close friends, and we blasted A Tribe Called Quest from the speakers on our back porch.
We have had some amazing food-pairing moments with this wine, since its debut. The first time we poured it was at a Colorado FIVE event at the legendary Knapp Ranch in Edwards, Colorado, to a sold-out, 80-seat, Japanese kaiseki-style dinner, nestled within the Sawatch Mountain Range.
We paired it alongside Chef Elan Wenzel's Hiramasa Au Poivre, featuring a black pepper-seared young yellowtail, with yuzu-peach curd, mint kosho, and dashi jello. While this pairing and this environment was epic, our favorite pairing for this wine is local chèvre spread over crusty sourdough from a neighboring bakery.
It's truly a taste of the North Fork Valley.