Quivira 2018 "Fig Tree" Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley
The wine’s mineral freshness comes from the alluvial, rocky soils. The Sauvignon Musqué clone adds complexity and aromatic lift. Phased picking at different maturity levels brought natural acid, alcohol balance, and layers of aromas/flavors. Whole-cluster pressing with limited controlled skin contact ensured balance. Cool fermentation with several months lees contact in both tank and barrel added mouthfeel and texture while allowing natural settling and minimal wine handling prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation. There’s tremendous interplay here with the blend of stainless steel and the neutral barrels.
Immediately aromatic from the get go with classic straw color and hints of green around the edges. Notes of fig (of course!), baked pear, and white flowers leap from the glass. Balanced and brisk, flavors of guava, passionfruit, lime zest, gooseberry, loads of tropical fruit, white grapefruit rind, and subtle spice from the acacia barrels meld effortlessly. There’s a delightful acidity mid-palate that carries through to the long finish to refresh the palate. This wine is crisp, salivating, and aromatic. We continue to be thrilled with the ageability of our Sauvignon Blancs. From our regular library tastings, we know this wine will continue to improve through 2027-2028. The natural acidity of this racy Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc lends itself to fattier dishes, porchetta, wild salmon cakes, or a fava bean purée spread on crostini.