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2018 Bishop's Peak Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc dates to the original Rincon Vineyard plantings in 1982. Since 2006 it has been produced from grapes grown at Oliver’s Vineyard in the Edna Valley. It is vinified in a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel to balance richness with the refreshing character of cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2018 Bishop’s Peak Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw in appearance and exudes ripe aromas of pink grapefruit, lime zest and straw. The palate is crisp, revealing notes of Guava, pineapple, lemon rind and apricot skin. Perfect for summer alfresco dining, enjoy this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with a frisee salad with grilled peaches, goat cheese, and champagne vinaigrette.
October 8-9, 2018
7 months in stainless steel and neutral french oak barrels
Stainless steel fermented with native yeast
Aromas of Pink grapefruit, kiwi, lime zest and straw. The palate reveals notes of guava, pineapple, lemon rind and apricot skin, with a bright mouthwatering finish.
Coming on the heels of the wet El Niño conditions of the previous year, 2018 saw the return of a more normal weather pattern for the San Luis Obispo Coast region. Mild winter weather brought early budbreak, especially in the thin shale and alluvial soils of Rosemary’s and Monte Sereno Vineyards. A late frost affected these vines and contributed to some of the most inconsistent yields in our thirty-six year history, with Rosemary’s Vineyard and Monte Sereno below average and our other vineyards well above.
After a mild summer, harvest began August 22. The frost affected areas ripened early while all other vineyard sites ripened much more slowly, due to higher yields and persistently cool weather during harvest. Total rainfall for the season was 12 inches or 60% of average, resulting in reduced botrytis and mildew pressure in the vineyard and exceptionally clean fruit in the winery. Harvest was completed in the East Rincon Vineyard on November 12. At 83 days, it was the longest harvest in Talley Vineyards history.