80% Sauvivgnon Blanc/20%Semillon
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.
Direct-to-press, fermented in stainless steel and aged for 9 months in neutral wood, this is far from a typical Sauvignon Blanc. For one, this wine completed malolactic, which is very rare to see with Sauvignon Blanc; we felt that the acid was racy enough that it would aid in the overall textural balance, and also would prevent us from needing 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, we co-fermented these varieties, which do not typically ripen at the same time. Semillon, picked perfectly underripe, girdles the wine with its acidity and mineral intensity, while ripe Sauvignon Blanc buttresses the texture and delivers compelling and intense aromatics. 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.
Mar, a first-generation Mexican American, has also firmly established herself in the pursuit of equity in the natural wine world with Vinguard, an organization committed to combatting misogyny in the wine industry based in San Francisco, and more recently with Cameron as founding board members of Natural Action Wine Club.