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Fragrant Meyer lemon, tangerine, honeysuckle, and hints of lemongrass. Mouthwatering white peach, lime zest, and lemon tart. Crisp and clean, the finish is a mlange of citrus that begs for oysters on the half shell, Humboldt Fog chevre, or spicy fish tacos.
Hopland is home to ideal Sauvignon Blanc growing conditions, where warm daytime temperatures give way to unusually cool nights. Yountville, which is a little warmer than Carneros and a little cooler than St. Helena, has great drainage with clay-loam soils. This refreshing Sauvignon Blanc has pale to light straw color with mainly citrus, lemon-lime and honeysuckle notes. The palate is juicy with tropical mango and papaya flavors which are backed by ample acidity thanks to the cool climates of Mendocino County.
100 organic, Whole fruit to press, No Malo Lactic fermentation, Unoaked. Alc.13.8
I love Sauvignon Blancs from around the world. From Sancerre and Bordeaux Blancs, with their purity of fruit, minerality, and elegance to the bright, stark styles of New Zealand. What I find most compelling about the fruit and style of our 2018 Heron Sauvignon Blanc is the freshness and balance which is undeniably Mendocino-truly distinctive for its soil and microclimates. I believe a light handed approach to winemaking lets nature take the lead. I can taste that in this wine.
Hopland (90) & Yountville (10). Hopland is home to ideal Sauvignon Blanc growing conditions, where warm daytime
temperatures give way to unusually cool nights a combination that allows Sauvignon Blanc to achieve maximum ripeness while retaining varietal character and great acidity. Yountville, slightly warmer than Carneros and slightly cooler than St Helena, has great drainage with clay-loam soils. This cool microclimate is known for vibrant fruit and balanced acidity.
Heron Wines, founded by winemaker Laely Heron, believes that delicious wines should be an unalienable right. High-quality, approachable wine should not come at a huge price. Heron goes where the best grapes are grown in order to maximize the natural characteristics of the varietal. While the wines could carry more specific appellations, they choose to focus less on advertising the locations and more on what they do (or dont do) with them. The benefit is wines that are more consistent, balanced and complex.
Heron does not own any vineyards. This allows them to spend their money where it matters (on exceptional grapes and barrels, not mortgages). By establishing both short and long-term contracts with their growers, they have the benefits of consistency and flexibility. Theyre picky not only about the vineyard locations, but also that the vineyards are managed by people as passionate about quality as they are. Whenever possible, Heron works with vineyards that are certified or managed organically, biodynamically, or at the least, sustainably. Most of the vineyards are dry-farmed, and we generally prefer old-vine, higher elevation, marine-influenced vineyards with moderate climates, allowing for slower maturation of intensely flavorful grapes.
Heron firmly believes in the less is more philosophy. As winemakers, their job is to allow the best qualities of the fruit to shine through and predominate over manipulation. The grapes are picked at peak intensity, then treated gently throughout the winemaking process. This often means hand-harvesting, hand-sorting, and extended maceration for the reds. Heron is one of the few wineries not using malolactic fermentation on Chardonnay because they prefer the natural bright acidity of the grape. They use French oak barrels exclusively for all of the wines because they are the best. The goal is to make wines of character and soul rather than sameness, or according to formula or projected returns on investment. In the end, Heron believes that the smooth elegance and lush complexity are what wine lovers appreciate most.
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Dedicated to excellence in winemaking in the Finger Lakes region since 1977. Journey through the rolling hills and discover our full portfolio of wines. Heron Hill is among the leaders in recognizing Riesling as the region's flagship varietal. Heron Hill has won many awards for its distinctive, elegant wines and continues to be at the forefront of Finger Lakes winemaking.
Today Heron Hill makes seven different cool climate Rieslings -- from dry, terroir-driven reserves to our ethereal icewines. Heron Hill Winery has become a coveted destination within New York for weddings, as well as casual, outdoor food and music events on the terrace of the seasonal Blue Heron Café. Heron Hill Winery was chosen as one of the ten most spectacular tasting rooms in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine! In addition to the magnificent vaulted tasting hall and winery overlooking vineyards on Keuka Lake, Heron Hill also has tasting rooms on the west side of Seneca Lake and on the west side Canandaigua Lake.
In 1972 John and Josephine Ingle first planted grapevines overlooking Canandaigua Lake, known today as Ingle Vineyard. Heron Hill's grape grower and owner, John Ingle often says that Heron Hill has "boot prints in its vineyards, not tire tracks." People maintain the vines at Heron Hill, not machines. This personal approach and commitment to quality is evident throughout every aspect of making, serving and selling Heron Hill's wines. These guiding principles have remained constant through the years – from hand-maintaining the vineyards to hand-harvesting grapes to offering educational and enjoyable tastings and hosting events that combine food, wine and entertainment.
Heron Hill has won many awards for its distinctive, elegant wines and continues to be at the forefront of Finger Lakes winemaking. Today Heron Hill makes over six styles of Riesling. Heron Hill's Ingle Vineyard Riesling 2002 won "Best of Show, White Wine" & Double Gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.