2003 Moraga White
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes 

The 2003 growing season began with Budbreak the week of March 14th, just slightly early, and continued at a near-normal pace for the duration of the summer, setting the state for harvest about a week earlier that most years.  Initially, the only aspect of the season that stood out as unusual was the fact that all of the Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard seemed to be reaching maturity at the same time, an event that had never before occurred at Moraga.  The day prior to the planned picking, an unforecasted heat wave hit the vineyard, temperatures soaring to near 110 degrees Fahrenheit. With flavors at their peak, we took advantage of the concentration that occurred due to the evaporative loss of water from the berries and picked the entire crop of white grapes that day. After picking, the grapes were chilled to 60 degrees Fahrenheit and carefully pressed.

The aroma of our 2003 Moraga White Wine is a delightful fusion of flora pineapple, gooseberry and mineral characters.  The flavors mimic the bouquet and become more complex with the addition of Meyer lemon and ripe honeydew melon notes.  In contrast to its crisp acidity and firm structure, the wine is surprisingly rich and lush.  The 2003 white also possesses a modicum more concentration than normal, which is notable for a wine normally thought of as exceptionally concentrated.

We hope that you enjoy this exceptional wine derived from an exceptional site.  It is the result of nature’s work and a labor of love.

Scott Rich, Winemaker
Carlos Contreras, Vineyard Manager