One cool, Spring day in the shadow of Mt. Konocti, a family came to lay out their vineyard using straws to mark where the vines would be planted. While feasting during their midday lunch they saw a murder of crows dancing around the straws, which made them laugh. Yet, when they looked again, the crows and the straws were gone. The family learned two things that day: be wary of dancing crows, and what to name their vineyard.
Their Sancerre-style Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County, CA, showcases a unique blend of New World and Old World influences, with Citrus and Stone-Fruit flavors supporting nicely-balanced acidity and a hint of minerality on the finish.
The grapes for the Dancing Crow Sauvignon Blanc sit at 1400 ft. elevation near the base of Mount Konocti on the western shore of Clear Lake in Northern California’s beautiful Lake County. The vineyard’s soil is a dark, dense, volcanic clay loam that retains water in springtime, but then cracks in the heat of July and August, decreasing vigor to 3-4 tons/acre. Yet, during the summer months the vines are able to recover from the heat and respirate in the evening due to coastal breezes pulled across the Mayacamas mountain range by the vast size of Clear Lake. This unique combination of elevation, energetic clay soil, and hot days & cool nights produces ideal conditions for a true expression of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal at 12.5% alcohol – highlighting citrus & stone fruit flavors with bright, refreshing acidity.