2018 Tiara Sauvignon Blanc
We pushed hard this year to try new techniques, barrels, and yeasts, to see if we could maximize the potential of our Sauvignon Blanc. Windy Flats has three different clones of Sauvignon Blanc that Doug Hill has selected to fit the unusual site nestled in a cliff on the western side of Wooden Valley. This year we kept them separate and harvested at a broad range of degrees Brix, and tried whole cluster pressing and skin maceration on many lots. We separated dirty juice from free run and from press lots, and put all of them to barrel as separate lots. We had a wonderful Semillon this year so we have 15% of it in this blend. Almost all the lots turned out very well, so the final Tiara blend is the result of how the wines fit together. The nose is big and fruity, and the palate is clean, elegant, and complex.