Amplify Wines 2019 'Subliminal' Blanc, Santa Ynez Valley
Item Number: 14410
Sub Region: Central Coast
Appellation/AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.3
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Case Production: 250
Winemaker Notes: "Since debuting our Subliminal Red in 2016, we had been toying with the idea of crafting a white counterpart from Bordeaux varieties. So, when the opportunity came up in 2019 to work with 41-year-old Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from a single vineyard in Santa Ynez, we knew we had to take it."
Winemaking Notes: Direct-to-press, fermented in stainless steel and aged for 9 months in neutral wood, this is far from a typical Bordeaux Blanc. For one, this wine completed malolactic fermentation, which is very rare to see with Sauvignon Blanc; Amplify felt that the acid was racy enough that it would aid in the overall textural balance, and also would prevent the need to filter. Additionally, the extended barrel time on undisturbed lees is also rare for these varieties that are often aged in stainless and bottled after only 2 or 3 months. This aided in the aromatic and textural development of the wine, moving from primary herbaceous notes to more interesting suggestions of fig, flowers, and tropical fruit. Lastly, the varieties were co-fermented. The Semillon, picked perfectly underripe, girdles the wine with its acidity and mineral intensity, while riper than typical Sauvignon Blanc buttresses the texture and delivers compelling and intense aromatics.
Final Thoughts: This wine feels to us like it has a kinship with the new wave of producers in Sancerre, as well as the risk-takers in Bordeaux, though it is unmistakably California.