Firestone Vineyard 2013 RESERVE Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Sauvignon Blanc
GRAPE: Sauvignon Blanc
COUNTRY: United States
REGION: Santa Ynez Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.20%
Firestone Vineyard was founded over 40 years ago and was the first major winery established in the Santa Ynez appellation. Firestone has quite a history with Harvey Firestone and his entrepreneurship in the tire industry, and his son Leonard (who was Ambassador to Belgium), to present -owner Bill Foley who has assembled one of the most impressive portfolios in the wine industry. I first met the next generation of the Firestone family in 2004 when Andrew Firestone participated in a Philadelphia wine store opening when I was Chairman of the Pa. Liquor Control Board. A year earlier Andrew had been the third bachelor in the hit reality TV show, The Bachelor, and the store signing was predictably greeted by overflow crowds. This Reserve is 100% from their Estate Vineyards and represents their finest lots. Pleasing aromas of caramelized citrus with touches of white flowers, and kiwi. Medium bodied, and smooth with nice intensity on the palate with pear, guava and key lime with a touch of cocoanut. Pair with raw seafood, cocoanut encrusted Halibut, Dover Sole or Vietnamese cuisine. About 1,000 cases were produced.
By Firestone Vineyards
2013 Santa Ynez Valley Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Founded in 1972, Firestone was the first major estate winery to sink roots in the Santa Ynez Valley. The winery’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean, a mere 26 miles to the west, ensures a relatively mild and arid climate throughout the year. The moderate weather and complex, rocky soils make this a perfect setting for our 325 acres of Bordeaux, Rhone and Burgundian varieties.
Firestone Vineyard belongs to an entrepreneurial and adventurous family tradition that dates back more than a century to legendary tire innovator Harvey Firestone. As noted in one biography, “During his lifetime, Harvey S. Firestone rubbed elbows with the likes of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. He was a man whose success exemplified the American dream. No matter how far he traveled, his family farmstead home in Columbiana, Ohio, was never far from his thoughts. Even though he became a business entrepreneur, he never got too far from the land he loved. He was a farmer at heart.” Harvey Firestone’s love of the land would later become a multigenerational hallmark of the Firestone family. In the early 1970s, Harvey’s son Leonard, a former United States Ambassador to Belgium, established a family ranch in Santa Barbara County’s rugged Santa Ynez Valley. At the time, Santa Barbara County barely registered on California’s winegrowing radar, but Leonard saw immense potential in the region’s coastal climate and amenable soils. He decided to plant a vineyard, with the initial intent of selling the grapes to North Coast wineries. Soon thereafter, Leonard was joined by his son Brooks and Brooks’ wife Kate, and together they decided to take their winegrowing adventure to the next level by establishing Santa Barbara County’s first estate winery. In 1987, Los Angeles Times Magazine noted: “Brooks Firestone’s importance to the California wine industry is first of all historical: He was a pioneer, an inspirer, and expander of possibilities; he took a chance on an untried wine area, then stuck with it and made it pay...” Today, Firestone Vineyard advances its record of acclaim under the guidance of vintner Bill Foley, who acquired the winery in September 2007.
The Santa Ynez Valley is located just two hours north of Los Angeles and five hours south of San Francisco, adjacent the cold Pacific Ocean. With the greatest concentration of wineries in Santa Barbara County - roughly 18% of its total land planted to vineyards - it is among the favorite weekend destinations for wine aficionados in the Central Coast region.
The 2013 growing season was one of the most amazing we have seen in the last several years. Despite modest rainfall, the timing of the fruit development was ideal. Bud break began in the second week of March and a warm spring led to slightly earlier bloom and fruit set. A typical sunny Santa Ynez summer allowed for optimal staggered ripening of each varietal and we experienced a harvest lasting nearly 3 months.
100% produced and bottled from our estate vineyards in Santa Ynez Valley, the fruit for our 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc was brought in just as we approached the fall equinox. The wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel, bringing out the bright and refined characteristics we strive for with this varietal. Citrus scents of lemon and lime, as well as tropical aromas of passion fruit and guava dominate the nose. The palate possesses a refreshing, vibrant acidity with hints of grapefruit and a touch of grassiness on the finish.
AVA: Santa Ynez Valley
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging: 100% Stainless steel
TA: 5.9 g/L
Case Production: 2,000
Bottling Date: July 25, 2014
[Info provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.