A Study of Smith Story Wine Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

In 2012 Eric and I both agreed that Sauvignon Blanc was going to be a staple for Smith Story Wine Cellars. This was two years before we harvested our first grapes. Since then, our Loire inspired Sauvignon Blanc made from family vineyards in Sonoma County has captured hearts of thousands of wine lovers across the world. Today we are both thrilled about the quality of the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc and anxious due to low tonnage yields this past harvest. Many have suggested we purchase bulk wine to blend and increase our case volume. Nope. That is a hard stop for us. The beauty of this organic, single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is simply divine.   - Ali & Eric 

Smith Story Sauvignon Blanc Historical Timeline 
2014: First Vintage, 65% Sonoma Mountain, 35% Knights Valley. 800 case production 
2015: 50% Sonoma Mountain 50% Knights Valley. 545 case production 
2016: 60% Knight's Valley and 40% Sonoma Mountain. 775 case production 
2017: 20% Knights Valley, 30% Russian River Valley, 50% Sonoma Mountain. 835 case production 
2018: 15 % Knights Valley, 25% Russian River Valley, 60% Sonoma Mountain. 1600 case production 
2019: 30% Knights Valley, 70% Sonoma Mountain. 800 case production 
2020: Zero wine made due to wildfires and smoke. 
2021: 100% Sonoma Mountain. 400 case production. 

About the Pigasus Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain: 
At roughly 850 feet of elevation, the Pigasus Vineyard sits in both the Bennett Valley AVA (southeast end) and the Sonoma Mountain AVA (western end). This family-owned property produces fine wine grapes including Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The 10-acre site is a beautiful rolling hillside location that enjoys warm days and cool nights. The grape vines are rooted in a well-drained mix of soils from sandy loam to clay loam, with moderate amounts of small volcanic rocks. 

The vineyard was originally planted to Merlot on 100-R rootstock in 2000. Over the years, certain sections have been budded over to Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The vineyard moved to organic farming practices in 2018. 

Sauvignon Blanc Vines 
Block A 
Rows 1-19; 643 vines; ~0.9 acres 
Wente Clone 
Grafted to Sauvignon Blanc in 2018 (for Smith Story) 

Block B 
Rows 20-36; 655 vines; ~0.9 acres 
Wente Clone 
Grafted to Sauvignon Blanc in 2011 
Average yield (2015-2019): 5 tons

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