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Siltstone Wines 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

A family tradition born of serendipity

So much of life is serendipity. Growing up in Sacramento, Joel Myers’s family lived across the street from Charles Coury – who would become of the pioneers of Oregon wine. Through his father, Tucson, the Myers family got to know a pair of bright young UC Davis winemaking students: David Lett, another future Oregon wine pioneer; and Werner Koblet, who would become one of Europe’s top vineyard researchers.

Before long, the Myers family moved north, and ten-year-old Joel joined the Letts in planting and trellising their vineyard in the Dundee Hills. Fast-forward to post-college, and Joel took a summer gig at Eyrie once again helping the Letts in the vineyard. Before long, Joel met Louise – another Lett employee – and they were married. By 1981, they dropped in on Dr. Koblet, and spent time in Switzerland studying the science of viticulture and pairing it with traditional farming techniques.

By 1984, Joel and Louise launched a successful Oregon vineyard management company. And in 2000, launched Siltstone Wines and its premium brand, J. Myers & Sons. Through Siltstone, the family tradition continues – with sons Joey and David working on vineyards and wine, and son John working on the business side.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Siltstone Wines, Dayton, Oregon
2018 Sauvignon Blanc

Ah, Sauvignon Blanc. Grown in nearly every wine region in the world, Sauvignon Blanc is both highly expressive of terroir and produces an extraordinary range of flavors depending on how it is harvested and vinified.

Sauv Blanc can be herbal, vegetal, even grassy. It can be citrusy, acidic, and austere. And it can be lush and tropical. The Siltstone edition is made in the French Sancerre style – delicate and lovely, with a strong thread of acidity running through it. Not at all vegetal or bell-pepper like.

You’ll notice aromas of apricot and candied fruit along with flavors of tropical melon. This is a perfect summer sipping wine alone or with a great big spinach salad or fresh cheeses.

A Cellar 503 selection in June 2021, Winemaking Through The Generations Yamhill-Carlton | Sauvignon Blanc