Populis Wine, Sauvignon Blanc 2021, Mendocino County, Sonoma, CA
Hailing from old-vine vineyards in Mendocino County, this Sauvignon Blanc has tropical aromas are cut with a green minerality and bright and fresh acidity.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Mendocino County
REGION: Northern California
SUBREGION: Redwood Valley AVA (Upton Vineyard)
VINEYARDS: Venturi Vineyard & Upton Vineyards
GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
SOIL: Venturi Vineyard is located just north of Ukiah, in the Calpella Valley, on predominantly Pinole gravelly loam soils. Containing a mixture of sandstone, shale and quartz, these deep, well drained soils were formed from alluvial flows, depositing fist-sized stones along the way. Highly deficient in organic matter, the moderately acidic soil pH allows for optimal nutrient uptake to allow the vines to thrive. Pinole soils are some of the most sought after soil types in Mendocino County. Upton Vineyard is located in Redwood Valley and has similar soils, but the higher elevation and proximity to the mountains gives the region a slightly cooler climate.
PRACTICE: Dry farming, CCOF organic
VINIFICATION: Whole clusters were pressed directly. The juice was allowed to settle overnight and decanted off the grape solids. The juice fermented separately in stainless steel tanks. No sulfur or inoculation was made at this point and the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were 100% indigenous. The wine was blended in January for a bottling in February following the harvest. It was bottled with no fining or filtration. 18ppm total SO2.
COLOR: Pale yellow
BODY: Light (1-2)
PRIMARY AROMAS: Grapefruit, jalapeño-like greenness, tropical fruit
FLAVOR: Zippy, crisp, linear, fresh acidity, green minerality
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Enjoy as an aperitif or pair with green herb-based sauces over chicken, fish or tofu, salty cheese like feta or chevre, or Thai or Vietnamese cuisine.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Two winemakers (Diego Roig and Shaunt Oungoulian), one goal: BRING REAL WINE TO THE PEOPLE! We find amazing vineyards all over Northern California whose farming is top notch -- we say no to herbicides and pesticides, and yes to organic and old vines. And once we hunt down these special vineyards we do all we can to not screw it up -- and by that we mean no additions, no intervention, no manipulation nor tomfoolery -- just straight up fermented juice.
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
Larry Venturi is a 3rd generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family's historic site in Calpella (Ukiah), in Mendocino County. Planted in the late 1940’s, this nearly 70 year-old vineyard is one of California’s oldest sources of Sauvignon blanc. The vines are head trained and have been dry farmed since inception. Farming is CCOF organic. Jan and John Upton have farmed these 60+ year old vines organically for over thirty years.