VINEYARD: The Patient Terrier Vineyard is a family-owned property located on Eastside Road, in the heart of Russian River Valley. The 24-acre site is planted to predominantly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but two small acres of Sauvignon Blanc were introduced in 2012. The mixture of clones 1, 23 and 30 offer a beautiful array of varietal aromas, flavors and textures. The site has a volcanic clay, rock and Goldridge Sandy Loam composition with well-drained topsoil, so a moderately vigorous, clay-preferring rootstock was chosen. Owner Greg Conklin’s goal is to produce the finest wine grapes possible while remaining a good steward of the land, and farming practices strive to maintain the proper balance between vine growth and fruit development. The ultimate goal is to be able to pick the grapes at optimal ripeness so that the wine possesses varietal character and a true sense of place..
TASTING NOTES: Abundant aromas of lemongrass, lime zest, and grapefruit work in concert with layers of cut grass, fresh basil, and green bell pepper. Elements of wet stone and chalk provide a further counterpoint to the generous citrus profile. The palate follows suit with an exceptionally bright entry, mineral laden middle, and a pinpoint finish that perfectly accentuates the vibrant, refreshing nature of this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc.