Robert Sinskey 2017 White Wine "Abraxas" Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard, Carneros
Abraxas’ aromas and flavors transport you to a garden party in the South with floral hints of lilac, gardenia, magnolia flowers and fresh fruit notes of apricot or white peach, pear and lychee backed by classic Riesling mineral characteristics and hints of lime. The citrus notes add a crisp and refreshingly long finish. This wine is vibrant and delicious young and will pair with almost anything you want to throw at it from fish tacos to pad thai to tarte flambé, but the wine will only become more complex with time in the cellar as the flavors merge and texture becomes more round.
Abraxas has always been more than the sum of its parts. Grown side by side on RSV’s organically farmed Scintilla Sonoma Vineyard by the San Pablo bay, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer benefit from the cool, windy and foggy location to mature slowly, developing flavor while maintaining the acidity and minerality that lends the wine its verve. Sheep graze the vine rows to keep the cover crops under control while people tend the vines. Each variety is picked at the optimal moment as ripeness and brightness converge. The grapes are hand harvested at night and brought to the cellar door in perfect condition at dawn. Each lot is whole cluster pressed, cold fermented, and blended to taste to create a wine of place and vintage. A beautiful Vin de Terroir.