2017 WAITS-MAST - Sauvignon Blanc
Mariah Vineyard, Mendocino Ridge
Mariah Vineyard is set in Mendocino Ridge, a remote and higher elevation appellation that is sort of the wild west of Pinot Noir growing in Mendocino County. While the area of the AVA is over 250,000 acres, the only suitable land for grape-growing is above 1,200 feet elevation and currently about 75 or so acres are planted to wine grapes.
In the 1970s, Dan Dooling and Vicki Tomola purchased land at 2,400 feet elevation above Point Arena and planted Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Syrah, then later Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. It is the only vineyard with dry-farmed Sauvignon Blanc planted in the Mendocino Ridge appellation. The clone is the Entave French Clone #376 and was planted in 1997. In 2017, we purchased just over a ton of Sauvignon Blanc.
Our second offering of Sauvignon Blanc shows off an intense nose of pink grapefruit, sweet tarragon and lime peel. The racy acidity is refreshing and the palate bone-dry, highlighting ripe citrus flavors of mandarin orange, white tea leaves, and Galia melon. Pair this with a light pasta of cream, mint, and peas or any other warm weather fare.