Davis Family Vineyards 2018 'Cuvee Luke' (RMV), Saralee’s Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Item Number: 13072
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Russian River Valley
Vineyard Designation: Saralee's Vineyard
Grape(s): 48% Roussanne / 35% Marsanne / 17% Viognier
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.1
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Cortina series, a gravelly loam
2018 Vintage Notes: 2018 was a culmination of the growing characteristics that make Russian River Valley one of the premium grape-growing regions in the world. 2 inches of rain fell in April, one day of rain occurred in the first week of May, and the summer was dry until rain fell the last week of October. Through this beautiful season, the Davis family was given average temperatures from 60’s to high 80’s, meaning ideal temperatures for what would be at least a 250-day growing season, meaning 250 opportunities to drive more complexity and nuance, with no imperfection at any point in the process. Look for vibrancy in the fruit and acidity, with well developed tannin and fruit weight throughout.
Saralee’s Vineyard Notes: The grapes for this wine come from Saralee’s Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The Viognier in this blend was planted in 1995. The soil in this vineyard is Cortina series, a gravelly loam which imparts the minerality in all three of the varieties.
Winemaking Notes: Once in the winery, both the Marsanne and the Viognier were whole cluster pressed. The Roussanne was destemmed only, and held as whole berries in a small closed-top tank at 40°F for several days before pressing off the skins. Extended skin contact with the Roussanne adds a great textural component and a very special element of complexity. All varieties aged individually in 200-liter stainless steel barrels. All the ferments took off spontaneously with native yeast, then once the populations of yeast seemed healthy and steady, the temperature of the wine was taken down to 50°F to slowly go dry, working to preserve the precious aromatics. This wine did not go through malolactic fermentation. This blend is 48% Roussanne, 35% Marsanne and 17% Viognier, blended 30 days prior to bottling.