Six Sigma Sauvignon Blancs 2008

This flight provides a nice contrast of Sauvignon styles. You have the same winery, same county, same grape, same vintage, 2 vineyards and 2 takes on how to handle this grape in the winery. Both are great but as you’ll see in the notes, you might gravitate to one style or the other depending upon your mood tonight.

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Six Sigma, Lake County, Rooster Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 The nose is alight with concentrated grapefruit and herbaceousness. In the mouth it is bracingly crisp, a real refresher, fully acidic and tasting of grapefruit and lemon, their fresh juice and zest.

The grapes were sourced from the Rooster Vineyard in Kelseyville, close to Clear Lake. Fermentation and aging was strictly in stainless and malolactic was suppressed. Grown by Bella Vista Farming Company. Produced and bottled in Lower Lake 14.1% $20 at the winery.

Lake County is fast becoming known as a destination for Sauvignon. Though the map is rough, it gives you a sense of where this wine comes from in respect to the famous neighborhood of wine regions.

Six Sigma, Lake County, Michael’s Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc 2008 The nose speaks of oak, fresh oranges and tropical fruits. In the mouth you’ll find a roundness, a softer expression of Sauvignon that still struts its acidity but more as a team player rather than a soloist.

100% of the juice was fermented in French oak, 25% of which was new. The wine aged on the lees for 6 months and malolactic was suppressed. Grown, produced and bottled in Lower Lake 14.3% $28 at the winery. Both wines were provided as media samples.

Proprietors Else and Kaj Ahlmann and Winemaker Matt Hughes. Six Sigma Ranch

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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