- Producer: Dragonette Cellars
- Winemakers: John Dragonette, Steve Dragonette, & Brandon Sparks-Gillis
- Region (AVA): Santa Ynez Valley (Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara)
- Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Vintage production: 275 cases
- Winery location: Buelton
- Owners: John Dragonette, Steve Dragonette, & Brandon Sparks-Gillis
- First vintage: 2009
- Drinking window: 2020-2028+
About The Wine
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the great white wine grapes of the world, and Dragonette aims to produce reference point wines from this varietal. They found that the Happy Canyon area of Santa Barbara County is particularly well suited to this noble grape. Its unique soils (serpentinite) and climate - warm to hot summer daytime high temperatures and cool to cold evening lows – create wines demonstrating riper spectrum fruit flavors balanced by vibrant refreshing acidity and a distinct stony minerality. Happy Canyon fruit is particularly well suited to barrel fermentation and longer aging.
Vogelzang is situated on a gently sloping bed of well drained, gravelly loam soil with serpentinite. The vineyard is well established and has been carefully pruned, leafed and deficit-irrigated to focus the plant’s energy on fruit development. Dragonette's grapes come from several distinct blocks in the vineyard where they control all farming practices, including pruning, canopy management, yield control, irrigation and differential harvesting of our blocks.
The fruit is hand harvested and sorted in a series of selective picks. Within hours, the team gently presses the grapes and transfers the juice directly to a mixture of stainless steel and oak barrels. Primary fermentation was completed in both tank and barrel, with native yeasts and temperature control. Malolactic fermentation was blocked to retain freshness, and the wine is aged on lees for 18 in French Oak (20% new) months before blending and bottling.
Dragonette Vogelzang Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019
"The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc Vogelzang Vineyard might be the best of the trio and just blew me away. More subtle and reserved, its thrilling notes of crushed limes, lemons, sappy flowers, and minerality give way to a medium to full-bodied, deep, layered, multi-dimensional Sauvignon Blanc with tremendous mid-palate depth, bright acidity, and laser-like precision. You could put this in a blind lineup of top Bordeaux Blanc and it would stand toe to toe. Hats off to the team at Dragonette for a commitment to fashioning incredible, age-worthy Sauvignon Blanc that’s as good as anything out there!"
97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Aug. 2021)