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2010 MCGINLEY Sauvignon Blanc
2010 MCGINLEY Sauvignon Blanc
I know it is hard to conceptualize, but the weather here in southern California varies greatly from year to year. Some summers are torrentially hot while others are cool and foggy, and in the fall as the grapes ripen we can have moderate weather or weeks of fog or dry heat. The weather has a profound effect on the vines and the fruit produced, and this is why our wines can vary so much from year to year. In 2010 we had an unusually cool summer which allowed the Sauvignon Blanc at McGinley vineyard to ripen slowly and evenly, so we were able to make a wine of impeccable balance. While I love our 2009 version, this 2010 is dramatically more subtle and perhaps a bit more elegant. It has an aroma that has hints of lemon, fig and a minerally, smoky quality that is intriguing. The flavors are spicy and the wine finishes with freshness and a textural quality or minerality that lingers in a lovely way. There is something about this wine that makes it easy to enjoy glass after glass.
Every year we barrel ferment and age this wine in older French oak barrels because this regime allows the wine to breath a bit and mature gracefully. We block the malo-lactic fermentation and bottle the wine after 6 or 7 months of aging.
In our continuing efforts to further increase quality at McGinley, we farm our blocks organically (although not certified). Doing so costs a little more, but I think it's worth it. Besides peace of mind, there are also practical reasons for following organic practices: for instance, natural fertilizers affect the vine slowly while chemical fertilizers charge up the vine, bringing too much leaf growth, which is bad for quality. And, although synthetic pesticides are handy if a grower is negligent and gets in trouble, the careful grower anticipates problems before they develop and can use milder organic compounds to avoid them. Paying close attention to the vine's needs is essential for fine grape growing--so going organic dovetails well with the goals of craft winemaking.
(987 cases produced)
Connoisseur's Guide (Nov 2012)
Reviewed: November 2012
"Rich, well-defined and very lively with deep aromas of fresh figs, herbs and a bare kiss of oak, this carefully crafted wine is both rich and well-polished with plentiful varietal fruit and exemplary balance. Its mouth-watering acidity enlivens and lengthens without ever seeming at all intrusive, and there is a structural seamlessness about the wine that simply sets it apart. We like this one a great deal, but we expect that we will like it more several years hence." 2 out of 3 Stars /
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar
“Very pale green-tinged yellow. Delicate aromas of citrus zest, graphite, lavender and dusty minerals. At once supple and bracing, with dense but penetrating flavors of lemon, tangerine and quinine. Very concentrated, extract-rich sauvignon with impressive palate presence. The bracing, tactile finish offers a refreshingly bitter quality and an impression of strong extract.”- ST (91 Points)
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“There is plenty of intensity in the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc McGinley. This is an especially broad-shouldered, full-bodied Sauvignon with serious depth and a layered personality that is highly appealing. Mint, sage and white peaches wrap around the finish. The personality of the year comes through loud and clear.” - AG (90 Points)