Shared Notes 2015 “Les pierres qui décident" Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley
Translation - Les pierres qui décident" = The rocks that decided
Shared Notes is the winemaking joint-venture between wife and husband, Bibiana Gonzalez Rave and Jeff Pisoni.
Both had early desires of making wine, and spent most of their lives doing so. The year 2012, however, marked the first vintage that they produced together. Previously, during the grape harvest, Bibiana and Jeff were like the proverbial ships passing in the night. Early grape picks and late nights at the winery left them rarely crossing paths.
Now, Bibiana and Jeff do cross paths—to discuss ideas and taste samples. You can sometimes catch them in front of a grapevine, the press, a fermenting tank, or a barrel...most likely with a glass in hand.
The Wine: This wine is both beautifully delicate and intense at the same time. The 2015 “Les pierres qui décident” is a focused and pure Sauvignon Blanc from two vineyards located in the heart of Sonoma County. Aging was carried out in oak barrels and on the lees with minimal stirring. The nose is extremely fragrant with notes of floral perfume, green apple, citrus oil and the classic bud of the cassis plant. The palate is energetic and powerful, with lots of minerality, salinity, and a core for refreshing acidity. This wine drinks great now, but can also cellar for at least a decade.
Galloni 94 Points (2013): "Even more impressive, the 2013 Les Pierres Qui Décident is 100% Sauvignon from the Musque clone from the Ritchie Vineyard. Exotic, floral aromatics meld seamlessly into a core of generous orchard fruit as this ample, richly-textured white shows off its considerable personality. At the same time, there is plenty of underlying energy and salinity to balance the opulence of the fruit. The long, resonant finish begs for a second taste."
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