12 | Sauvignon Blanc
12 | Sauvignon Blanc
El Camino Real Vineyard
Santa Ynez Valley
2015 | Picked by Family
2017 | Put to Bottle
2017 - 2039 | Enjoy
Brielle's Personality in a Glass. - Bright and Crisp
I LOVE YOU MORE THAN BREATHING.
I know you can't read the front of the bottle when I put my heart on a page I tend to scribble. You can read what I wrote on the back of the bottle. You can see why I scribbled.
Our Sauvignon Blanc had become something special for my daughter and I. When she was 4 years old she came with me to help harvest our first harvest of the grape on our El Camino Real Vineyard. She rode around with her grandpa on the tractor and helped clean leaves from the picking bins. It was a magical moment, all three generations working side by side harvesting our crop to be made into our wine. We named that wine Brielle after the little blond girl that helped pick it. The year after, we spent even more time together in the vineyard together, and she asked more questions, and before we knew it, we had a little expert on our hands. She made the picking call that next year at age 6. The most important decision in the life of a bottle of wine. She would pop the grape in her mouth, chew it a bit, spit the seeds into her hand to examine them for maturity and then tell me if she thought the balance between the acids and sugars were to her liking. AT AGE 6. --
From that moment on, I knew the Sauvignon Blanc would always be hers. She has been at every harvest, has hit the button on every press load, is there for bottling, and many other trips to the vineyard and winery sitting shotgun next to her Dad talking about life as we know it. We named our Sauvignon Blanc each year for and after her - There has been: Brielle, Hunter, Iron Lady, Daddy's Girl...
When she was 10 I asked her what we should name it this year?
She said very matter of factly, how about 10 I was 10 when we picked it, I like 10.
A tradition was born.
I told her that I would write a note on it from me to her, and I committed to the next 12 vintages being named in her honor. Every year a new record, every year her age.
I thought how the time between her being 10 and 21 would be the most transformative in her life. How these would be the years of US. The years I got to be a part of her life on a daily basis before she grew up and made a life for herself.
12 bottles in a Case, 12 Vintages between 10 and 21.
It has become how I teach her, every year we give her more to do with the Sauvignon Blanc. By the time she is 16 It will be hers. Every decision, every piece of work, all of it, her responsibility.
I will sit in the stands and cheer.