Winery: Quivira Vineyards
Bottling: 2007 Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Sub-Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
Estimated Retail Price: $18
Purchase Details: Bought for $18 at R. Field
Tasting Notes: Quivira’s Fig Tree sauvignon blanc used to be fermented and aged in oak, but since new ownership has taken over, they’ve changed vinification processes and adapted the more modern and traditional style of stainless steel fermentation. I was excited to try this new version.
On the nose, fresh citrus, herb and mineral. In the mouth, lime, citrus, mineral and a nice wet-stone component. The wine had a rich mid-palate that I thought might be lost without the use of barrel-fermenting and aging, but the current process of aging it on the lees while in the steel tanks surely helped retain somewhat of a richness.
The wine’s acidity was very zesty and mouth-watering in the initial part of the gulping session, but as it opened up the finish took on more of a snappy, bone-dry characteristic.
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: As the winery’s tasting notes stated, “oysters around the world should quake in their shells with the release of this wine.” I second that motion. In fact, I’ll add that anything from the sea that can be eaten raw should be fearful.
Winery & Other Background Information: Its new and exciting times for this winery since new ownership has taken over. The winery was recently awarded its Organic and Bio-Dynamic certification in 2005 for all of its estate vineyards. They’ve also cut down overall estate production to focus on quality rather than quantity, which I find very admirable and respectable.
Quivira holds a special place in our hearts. We first discovered the winery by chance when we lived in the Bay Area a few years ago. At the time we didn’t know anything about wine and where and who to visit in the wine country, so our strategy for finding wineries to visit was to simply drive around aimlessly until we saw someplace that looked appealing. If I remember right, Quivira is literally located on a side/back road that’s not very obvious, unless you’re wandering around aimlessly like we were.
The tasting experience was great since we were the only ones in the quaint, little tasting room and the gentleman behind the tasting bar was very hospitable, welcoming and friendly. Yes, I know the experience sounds cliche and cheesy, but it was what it was, and I was super stoked when I had a chance to actually carry their wines when we first opened our store.