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2019 Gist Ranch Estate 'Alma' White
The Lexington “Estate” wines are sourced from the spectacular Gist Ranch Estate Vineyard located in the heart of Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard was densely planted in the year 2000 at elevations reaching 2300 feet above sea level, 17 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean. The heavily fractured, Vaqueros Sandstone soils and unique mountain micro-climate produce singular, deeply concentrated wines that demonstrate the power and elegance of the Santa Cruz Mountains appellation.
The 2019 vintage will go down as a classic year in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Some unsettled weather in the spring resulted in poor flowering, lower yields in some blocks. The summer was warm, but not oppressively so- the lack of extreme heat events was a welcome change. Harvest began in mid September, finishing up in mid to late October - relatively late compared to the recent string of early harvests. The wines are concentrated with a fine balance of structure and fruit intensity. Site expression seems amplified; low yields and moderate temperatures often lead to some of our most singular and terroir driven wines. The wines drink surprisingly well in their youth and have all the components for a long life ahead. The only downside to the year are yields; the wines will be sought after and rare.
Santa Cruz Mountains
“This blend of 61% Sauvignon Blanc and 39% Sémillon begins with reductive aromas of hay and dried grass then opens toward tart crab apple and fresher citrus rinds on the nose. Dried citrus and apple flavors arise on the palate, which is unique, oily in structure and needs time to blossom.”
Food Pairing Notes
Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast. 91 points.