The region surrounding our Obsidian Ridge Vineyard boasts the youngest and most diverse volcanic soils in the Mayacamas Mountains. The Kelsey Bench sits northwest of our estate, on a volcanic fan of red volcanic soils studded with obsidian rock. The Jacobsen Ranch is planted at 1,551 feet elevation on a lava flow. Our neighbor Larry Rogers is a long-time pear farmer, and personally delivers his outstanding Sauvignon Blanc grapes to us. His nineteen acres of Musque Clone Sauvignon Blanc are exposed to 10% more ultraviolet light than at sea level, and often experience 50 degree temperature swings in a single day, resulting in wines that achieve generous fruit flavors while retaining bracing acidity. This limited bottling is produced expressly for our wine club members, with limited availability to our visiting guests.
Grapes were harvested in the cool pre-dawn hours and pressed whole-cluster upon arrival at the winery. The juice was kept cold in tank throughout the fermentation process, which lasted several weeks. We bottled the wine only a few months after harvest in order to preserve the clean, bright flavors and lovely aromatics of this varietal.
There is a particularly mineral acidity to volcanic white wines that shines through this citrusy sauvignon blanc. The aroma reminds us of limes and lemongrass, the flavors fall more into the orange and lemon-lime spectrum, fresh and clean yet round and intense as well. All we need is to open a bottle of this outdoors, and magically, we’re on holiday.