2008 Moraga White
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes 

The 2008 vintage at Moraga marked the second year of sub-normal rainfall.  With scant moisture in Moraga’s typically drought soils, the vines began the year with restrained growth that led to small canopies and high fruit quality.  A relatively cool July was followed by a couple of minor heat spikes in August, providing a gentle push down the road toward the final stages of ripening.  As the Sauvignon Blanc continued to ripen, the flavors steadily progressed from pure grapefruit to the peach, pineapple, and more tropical flavors that signal harvest time.  The entire crop of white grapes was picked over two days during the first week of September.

We are consistently impressed by the quality of Moraga’s Sauvignon Blanc, and the2008 bottling is no exception.  Surprising complex for such a youthful wine, the nose is filled with aroma of orange zest, Meyer lemon, peach, guava, pineapple, and a hint of attractive fresh herbs.  Lean and clean on the palate the aroma notes are echoed by the flavors, which are supported by the remarkable structure and texture of this wine.  The flavors are focused and pure, uncomplicated by oak or malolactic flavors.  This wine possesses that rare combination of a substantial structure derived from high acidity that acts as the perfect foil for the round, rich creamy mouth feel. It is exceptionally tasty and finishes with a very persistent citrusy note.

Moraga is one of the most unique vineyard sites in the world and the wines produced from the property cannot be duplicated or substituted with any other wine.  Our goal is to create wines that are as true to their origins as possible – these are wines that are about place and terroir.  We trust that you will enjoy this Sauvignon Blanc that is such a testament to dedicated, focused effort on a very special piece of land.

To your health and happiness.

Tom Jones, Proprietor 
Scott Rich, Winemaker
Carlos Contreras, Vineyard Manager