2006 Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc •Sonoma Coast Adobe Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
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Mission Codename: A Hi-Brow White
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Prove that even Agent Red can find a superb white wine
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Ceja Vineyards
Wine Subject: 2006 Sonoma Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Backgrounder: The Sonoma Coast AVA in Sonoma Country one of the larger appellations in the region, covering an estimated 750 square miles. It is directly inland from Sonoma’s Pacific coastline which provides a significantly cooler climate with persistent fog.
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Clear golden yellow with widely-spaced and slow-moving tear drops.
Smell – Its bouquet is of sweet peaches and aromatic magnolia flower petals.
Feel – Wet, soft and mild, as you enjoy this wine a mild tanginess lingers.
Taste – Luscious ripe summer fruit with flavors of peaches, apples a very subtle fresh-cut grass and minerality that makes this a very easy wine to enjoy.
Finish – This wine finishes fresh and tart with a lingering fruit and mineral component.
Conclusion – This is a lovely Sauvignon Blanc and reminds us why we this wine is so universally loved in the wine world. Fresh and bright with great summer fruit tones and a solid structure that will make this wine complement a wide variety of food.
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The approximate location of Ceja’s Adobe Vineyards can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the winery says
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Bold, tangy with hints of guava and gooseberry. Intense layers of bright fruit and mineral flavors. Gold with hints of lime, fresh and crisp, with long lasting flavors.
About Ceja Vineyards:
Welcome to Ceja Vineyards. Each day as we gaze at the surrounding vineyards, we are reminded of the first Ceja vine. Planting our first vine together in rich Carneros soil was an exciting moment. That vine symbolized our bond as a family and strengthened our shared commitment to produce premium wines. We proudly continue a three-generation tradition of growing choice grapes in the beautiful Napa and Sonoma Valleys. We invite you to join us on our journey.
As you explore our website you’ll see, repeated often, a bell with the Latin inscription: vinum (wine), cantus (song), and amor (love). In Mexico, church bells ring to reveal the time, announce community celebrations or call parishioners to church. We have adopted the bell as our trademark, and symbolically ring it now to invite you to become a part of Ceja Vineyards.
Terroir, (pronounced tair wahr), is a French term and strictly translated refers to the earth. In the Carneros Region, the term is defined as a special set of conditions encompassing all the components that affect the grapes grown here. The soil’s chemistry and physical structure, the slope and orientation of the hills and valleys and the weather are all factors of terroir.
Located approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, the Carneros Region’s moderate climate is created by fog, moist air, and cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean. Protected from harsh weather by the Coastal Range, Carneros summer days are warm with cool nights and winters are mild. As a result, grapes stay on the vine longer, reaching high acidity and full flavor development.
At Ceja Vineyards, we match vines to terroir, planting each variety where it grows best. Our wines are a true reflection of their origins.
Vineyard: Sonoma Coast Adobe Vineyard
Fermentation: Stainless steel and barrel fermented. No malolactic fermentation.
Production: 875 cases produced
Varietals: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Type: Dry White Wine
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Harvest Date: September 16, 2006
Sugar: 23.1° brix at harvest
Aging: Aged 4 months in French barrels.
Alcohol %: 12.9