Region: Contra Costa County < California
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Organic farming; sandy soils of the Sacramento Delta; grapes are foot trodden then fermented for 12 days with no temperature control; the juice rests in old neutral French barrels for 4 months, then is bottled unfined/unfiltered with 20ppm added SO2; 11.5% ABV; 200 cases
Winemaker: Wolfgang Weber + Chad Hinds
From an organic vineyard on the sandy shores of the Sacramento Delta (to which Wolfgang can sail) and made in a natural wine co-op in the Richmond Marina, this is a coastal wine, albeit urban and gritty. Chad Hinds of Methode Sauvage notoriety has partnered here with the incomparable Wolfgang Weber to make this zippy Sauvignon Blanc that keeps it natty enough for Rock Juice, while still making my classic-SB-loving mama happy. Fermented with a bit of skin contact, then pressed into neutral barrels. No fining or filtering, so she’s a bit cloudy. Super bright and punchy, a little tropical, citrusy and downright delicious.