This was another antastic year for Farina, the rocky, east-facing Sauvignon Blanc vineyard high up on Sonoma Mountain. The vineyard produced a third more fruit than it normally does-- and we were offered more rows by Joe Votek, who farms it. This allowed us to make the most LSB that we have ever made (and an additional wine from the new section. It is still fermenting, and so, unnamed). The quality of everything was superb. Once again, because the growing season was so cool and graceful, we harvested late and without any haste. The intensity of all flavor and the integrity of the acidity are both very high.
This is one of the few wines that we protect from oxygen and one of the few for which we use enough So2 to inhibit malolactic fermentation. In 2012, the wine had a granular power; this year the wine has much more smoothness and beauty-- a wine the Italians would call "morbida." The wine is not subtle, but nor is it loud.