On the nose, the wine delivers a mélange of yellow and green fruit aromas (honeydew, peach, apricots, early picked pineapple and mango) along with sweet fresh cut grass and fresh herbs (thyme, basil), and mineral notes of granite and gunflint. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied and ripe but also fresh and energetic, as flavors of juicy green and yellow melon, white peaches and yellow delicious apples are lifted and cut by citrus-laced acidity (lemon, key lime and grapefruit), fresh and dried herbs, wet stones, graphite and steel. This young wine finishes long, and lively, and it promises to continue to blossom with age over the next 3-5 years and hold for another five.
Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara is one of the top appellations for Sauvignon Blanc in California, if not the entire US. Its unique climate, warm to hot summer days and cool to cold evenings, is ideal for promoting full phenolic ripeness while still retaining critical acidity, and its maritime soils (laced with magnesium rich serpentinite) provide a fascinating mineral component to the wines. This bottling represents an appellation blend of lots we feel express the characteristics of Happy Canyon; explosive but bright yellow and tropical fruits and melons balanced by fresh, clean and present acidity. The wine is a 50/50 blend of grapes from Grassini and Vogelzang vineyards. Grassini is planted high density on thin soils of sandy clay loam with some serpentinite, which gives wines with complex aromas and flavors of sweet ripe melons and kiwi, underpinned by key lime and baking spices. Vogelzang’s sloping blocks give yellow spectrum, tropical flavors of mango, guava and pineapple, with laser like acidity.
The 2016 version of this wine has wildly effusive aromatics, plenty of midpalate fruit, and a crisp yet juicy finish, laced with stony minerals. Despite its immediate appeal, it will age effortlessly for 3-5 years and drink well for many years after.
CRITICAL ACCLAIM"Dragonette's Sauvignon Blanc (Happy Canyon) is rich, textured and nuanced, with all of the density that is so typical of Happy Canyon Sauvignons. In this vintage, the wine has an extra bit of oiliness and textural richness that elevates it to the level of the sublime. Don't miss it." – vinous.com 92pts. (for the 2015 vintage)
100% Sauvignon Blanc