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Byron Blatty 2020 Aurora, Los Angeles, California
Available: Only one left$36.99
Each day the onset of dawn, Aurora, lights up the sky and announces the arrival of the sun. The 2020 Aurora is a co-ferment of roughly 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Sémillon from Swayze Vineyard in the northeast corner of the Antelope Valley, sitting at roughly 3,000 ft. The grapes were crushed and cold soaked on the skins for 72 hours before getting pressed, then fermented in temperature controlled steel. The wine was racked and settled into neutral French oak barrels for 8 months of aging. Only 51 cases produced.
Green apple, lemon, and white grapefruit dominate the aromatics, while a flutter of honeysuckle arrives on a tropical breeze. The sip brings a wave of fresh tropical fruit and citrus, a hint of guava, with brilliant acidity, balanced by a textured, expansive palate that is laced with minerality, limestone, and a touch of passion fruit. Meyer lemon and pineapple core ride out the lively, mouthwatering finish.