Sauvignon Blanc – Grist Vineyard, Dry Creek
The Grist Vineyard was purchased by Woody’s grandparents in the late 70’s. Woody oversees farming operations and lives full time on the property. In 2012 he made his first significant infrastructure decision on Grist to graft over 3.5 acres of Petite Sirah to musque clone Sauvignon Blanc. 2014 marks Alysian’s inaugural year of working with this fantastic mountain fruit. This wine has distinctive green grass, lemongrass and daphne floral notes on the nose. The medium body palate carries wet stone and grapefruit impressions. Cold fermented in 2/3 stainless steel and 1/3 neutral oak barrels for six months. No RS or ml. 13.3% alcohol by volume.
About the Producer
The Hambrecht family has been in the California wine business for over 35 years, partnering with esteemed brands like Ridge, Chalone, and Truett Hurst. Bill Hambrecht was among the first visionary business owners to open a winery on Healdsburg’s picturesque Westside Road in 1982. Belvedere Winery marked the beginning of what would become a family tradition and commitment to producing wines of the utmost quality. It’s this commitment to excellence that led to Alysian Wines. "Alysian" (of Greek origin) refers to an endeavor arising from intuitive creativity and artistic resolution.
Sourced from veteran growers and off-the-beaten-path vineyards in Sonoma County, Mendocino County, Humboldt County and as far north as Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Alysian’s multiple award-winning wines strike a delicate balance with flavor profiles that delight both connoisseurs and newcomers alike.
A note on the labels: Each label features hand illustrated flora by San Francisco based artist and Woody's good friend, Bryson Gill. These illustrations correlate to their specific wine, whether it be a flower commonly found on the Elk Prairie Vineyard, a Redwood tree in the Russian River Valley, or a Honeysuckle flower which is a note evident in the Viognier. In addition to these illustrations, each bottle is individually numbered, with the number shown on the front label. The font is taken from a Ben Franklin letter press making it an "original" American font. The labels are printed locally on a recycled paper stock. There is no capsule, to save on waste.
Woody Hambrecht's helpers, Lily and Rosemary