The 2021 Tenor Sauvignon Blanc was crafted from two vineyards, Bacchus in White Bluffs AVA and La Reyna Blanca in the Royal Slope AVA. Farmed using sustainable practices, the vines were limited to one or two clusters per shoot for maximum concentration. They were hand-harvested in August & September of 2021. The fruit was sorted in the field and whole-cluster pressed until desired flavor profile was achieved. The juice went through a long and slow fermentation, in 85% new French oak of varying format size and aged for 1 year. This wine was cold stabilized and bottled unfiltered for maximum flavor and aromatic intensity. Only 148 cases were produced.
The unfiltered 2021 Tenor Sauvignon Blanc has a light goldenrod color, slight opacity, and dramatic purity. Orange oil, sweet floral hyacinth, and lemon chiffon create a pleasing tension against the more mineral sea brine, struck flint, and yellow cedar. The palate delivers an abundance of orange peel, salted lemon, and lime leaf with a rich brioche and candied ginger accompaniment. The medium bodied mouthfeel is superbly balanced with very intricate acidity. The finish is long and complex with starfruit, spice, and minerals.
Food Pairing Recommendations
Salmon Niçoise Salad
Awards & Accolades
"The 2021 Tenor Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Lorena, Bacchus and Connor Lee Vineyards. Aged in 80% new French oak he wine saw extended lees contact, as this shows off cantaloupe and papaya aromatics that combine with Brazil nut and shades of sweetened gooseberry. The palate is rich and concentrated with good underlying tension and saline drenched nectarine and green apple flavors. Finishing long this is a beautiful expression of Washington Sauvignon Blanc. Drink 2023-2031."
-94 points, Owen Bargreen, owenbargreen.com
"Sweet spice, vanilla custard, lemon oil and hints of mint emerge as the elegant 2021 Sauvignon Blanc unfolds in the glass. This is beautifully balanced, with oily textures and depths of ripe orchard fruits offset by building minerality. Hints of raw almond perk up toward the close. It finishes long with a subtle tannic pull, leaving nuances of baked apple and hints of spice. The 2021 refined in 85% new French oak, which is perfectly integrated."
-92 points, Eric Guido, Vinous Media