2009 la severita di bruto farina vineyards - The Scholium Project
2009 la severita di bruto farina vineyards
  • Varietal sauvignon blanc
  • Appellation sonoma

LSB is our most conventional wine, if one asks solely about means of production, technique. Most of the juice is whole cluster pressed; some is crushed to press, none is affected by maceration or skin fermentation. The fruit itself is Sauvignon Blanc, a kind of vanilla ice-cream among grape cultivars. The wine ferments in neutral oak barrels of standard size; sometimes up to half of it ferments and ages in stainless steel barrels; but that is hardly unconventional. SO2 is used liberally but not wildly to suppress malo-lactic fermentation and preserve freshness. The wine is bottled after a year, while it is still piercing and direct , not oxidized at all nor affected by post-fermentation microbes.
Yet the wine is extreme, and in some ways, unrecognizable-- at least as California Sauvignon Blanc. It is limpid in the clarity of its flavors; direct, no wires crossing, no contradictory elements. It resembles Gruner more than it does Sancerre; but Sancerre more than it does most Napa whites. The vineyard is the source of all of this: it is a cool, east-facing, and terribly well drained site. Fruit ripens richly without ever becoming tired or flabby. Acidity is remarkable-- LSB is almost always our highest acid wine. The wine is all straight lines and forward motion. A vector of speed guided by acidity

An intense white wine of Piercing Acidity and Merciless Attack. And all of that power enmeshed in robes of seduction.