Elegant and fun, the Pellegrini 2019 Nakai Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc picks up precisely where the 2018 drops off. Flint, pink guava, pear, granny smith apple, and wildflowers highlight the aroma. Flaunting flavors of passion fruit, sweet lime, and Turkish delight are complemented by a finish of fresh tangerine zest.
Nakai Vineyard is located 2 miles east of our winery in the Santa Rosa Plains sub-AVA of Russian River Valley. Planted in 1979, this 20-acre vineyard grows four rows of Sauvignon Blanc, all allocated to Pellegrini. Much like our Olivet Lane Estate, Nakai Vineyard sits on Huichica soil. This rocky and clay rich soil dominates the Santa Rosa Plains region and lowers the need for regular irrigation, making it an ideal soil type to draw out the tropical characteristics in the Sauvignon Blanc grape. Late summer in the vineyard a heavy leaf removal to provided more sun exposure for clusters, which increased tropical fruit flavor development.
Few wines are as rewarding to make as Sauvignon Blanc. From the day it is pressed to the day it is bottled, the varietal carries immense and beautiful aromas. Once harvested, the grapes were gently pressed with a champagne-style press cycle to limit bitter phenolics releasing into the juice. Barrels for this blended were selected to encourage long texture to balance the wines strong acid, while also offering just a light wisp of smokiness to complement the fruit flavors. Barrels are stirred every two weeks through December to encourage texture development. This is truly a Chardonnay drinker’s Sauvignon Blanc.
Food Pairing Notes
Pan-seared salmon, lemon finished sauteed spinach, with rice pilaf.
5 Barrels = 96 cases