2016 Faith Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

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2016 Faith Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

36.00

I was initially drawn to winemaking because of vineyards, their clean lines scoring dramatic hillsides and the patchwork they build in valley floors.  Often it is the story, the history of the place that draws me in before ever tasting the fruit.  It takes a tremendous amount of work to care for vines and sometimes if left to fend for themselves for too long they may reach a point of no return.  They may always produce fruit but if the yields are not financially sustainable they are often abandoned.  

 

Faith Vineyard has been around for about 20 years, planted just outside of Los Olivos by John and Christine Jones.  Over the years they have grown fruit for their personal use as well as sold fruit to a handful of local wineries.  When I met them in 2014 they had let a 3.5 acre section of their vineyard basically run free, it had not been watered or pruned in over a year.  I took over the 3.5 acres of Sauvignon Blanc in January of 2014 and farmed it for three years.  This vineyard taught me so much and ultimately I chose to discontinue farming it because it sits in a very low spot where frost is a big threat each year.  There are ways to battle the frost but none could be successfully deployed here.  We used grapes from this vineyard in our 2014 and 2015 and 2016 Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc but we kept 2 barrels of the pure Faith aside because it was simply the most expressive, intense Sauv Blanc we had ever tasted.  

 

This wine represents the culmination of a three year relationship with a really cool vineyard that just wasn’t sustainable.  

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