Populis 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Venturi Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 14037
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Venturi Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.6
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Pinole gravelly loam
Case Production: 588
Populis was born from the desire to make lighthearted, naturally made, extremely drinkable wines from organically farmed, historic vineyard sites throughout Northern California.
Vineyard Notes: Larry Venturi is a 3rd generation farmer tending to vines planted on his family's historic site in Calpella (Ukiah), in Mendocino County. Planted between 1944 and 1948, this 70-year-old vineyard is California’s oldest source of Sauvignon Blanc. The vines are head trained and have been dry farmed since inception. Farming is CCOF organic.
Soil Notes: 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.
Vinification Notes: Whole clusters were pressed directly. The juice was allowed to settle overnight and decanted off the grape solids. The juice fermented in one-third neutral French oak barrels and two-thirds 12-hectoliter polymer tanks. No sulfite addition or inoculation was done at this point. The alcoholic and malolactic fermentations were 100% indigenous. The wine was bottled with no fining or filtration. Total sulfites equal 15ppm.
Tasting Notes: The mouthfeel is characterized by laser-like acidity, while the aromas and flavors strike a balance between greenness and riper opulence, resulting in a style that is uniquely Californian. The old-vines give this Sauvignon Blanc an additional dimension of depth and complexity. The minimalistic approach in the cellar lends a wine that is highly drinkable and digestible.