Monterey County, with its combination of warm days followed by cool winds in the late afternoon, possesses excellent climatic conditions for this classic varietal. In fact, we grow it on five of our estate vineyards. For Winemaker Dave Nagengast, it's an embarrassment of riches really. Sauvignon Blanc is a vigorous variety in the vineyard and it is important to tailor farming practices to obtain full flavor development. At Scheid, we utilize trellis systems that shelter the grapes, allowing filtered sunshine through the canopy to gently and evenly ripen the clusters. Vine growth and excessive foliage are managed by limiting water to keep vigor in check. The fruit for the 2020 vintage comes from our estate vineyards in the Monterey appellation, where the maritime-influenced conditions bring out the grassy and herbal traits of Sauv Blanc, with a hint of mineral edginess.
Handpicked in the early morning hours, the grapes were whole cluster pressed and slowly fermented in stainless steel at cold temperatures to preserve bright fruit flavors and varietal character. Stainless steel tanks provide a neutral environment that serve to accentuate the wine’s crisp, zesty qualities and retain its distinctive freshness. The finished wine was aged for 4 months in stainless steel and stored cold to retain the wine’s aroma and fresh character. The result is a pure Sauvignon Blanc, with grass, sass, and a whole lotta class. Pour a glass!