Clos Saron "Carte Blanche" 2019, North Yuba, Sierra Foothills, CA
A co-fermentation of skin contact Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon. Medium-bodied, dry, intensely flavored, and fragrant – super friendly orange wine that’s age-worthy if you can resist opening right away.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): North Yuba
SUBREGION: Sierra Foothills
GRAPES: 50% Viognier, 35% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon
PRACTICE: Biodynamic, organic
VINIFICATION: 100% foot-stomped and co-fermented on its skins/stems in an open-top fermenter
COLOR: Cloudy light golden orange
BODY: Medium (5-6)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Orange zest, sour grapefruit, clementine, white stone fruit
FLAVOR: High acidity, concentrated, and intense
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
We recommend pairing with our dish from Casserole & Sommelier, Maryland Blue Crab with Grand-Père Sauce (recipe here).
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
It all started with a half-acre of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in the “wrong” place. Early in 1995, Gideon Beinstock and his wife Saron were asked by their friend Leonard if they wanted to take over his small (0.5 acre) vineyard and make some wine for themselves. Gideon asked if Leonard would let them experiment with grafting it over to Pinot Noir. He said yes, and Saron proceeded to graft these 400 vines to Pinot; they also doubled the vineyard density by “own-rooting” a Pinot vine between every two grafted ones. This is how their “Old Block” came to be. Three years later Leonard sold them this piece of land and Clos Saron was born. 100% foot-stomped, whole cluster.