Down a long dusty gravel road outside of Lower Lake in Lake County you will find the Bad Rat Ranch vineyard. The fruit for Metal Bender White comes from this vineyard. The hot days and cool nights make it the perfect place to fully ripen Sauvignon Blanc.
The hand-picked fruit was sorted, gently crushed and the juice left for an hour on its skins before pressing for texture and complexity. The juice was cold settled overnight before inoculation. The wine slowly fermented to dryness at a cool temperature for nearly six weeks. Malolactic fermentation was blocked to retain freshness.
Five months in stainless steel tank.
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Winemaker: Casey Stringer
Appellation: Lake County
Production: 300 cases
Included In The Box
6x 2018 Metal Bender Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County
12x 2018 Metal Bender Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County
At Stringer Cellars we believe that “wine is made in the vineyard.” To us the most important aspect of the quality of the finished wine is the initial quality of the grapes used to make it. Simply, you need great grapes to make great wine. To that end, we feel privileged to be working with fruit from some of the finest vineyards in America.
At Stringer Cellars we make wine that we want to drink. We embrace the highest winemaking standards along with traditional techniques to create wines that can be both powerful and elegant. This process is not the easiest way, but we feel it is the best way.
We invite you to join us at Stringer Cellars.
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I got the UPS notification that it was my turn to rat. That was the bright spot in an otherwise batshit crazy week. I work in healthcare, so I’m a bit dazed right now, but here’s my best review. Wine was chilled at 55.
Bottle as seen: minimalist,nice lines. Sophisticated looking. Wouldn’t be embarrassed to give this at a nice party.
Pop n pour- nice bright mineral smell, some citrus as well
Wine was chilled at 55. First sip- bright, citrus again (not lemon or orange), no grass like I was expecting. Good minerality on the finish. Bright, but minimal burn, very pleasant mouth. Dry, very smooth. Maybe a bit too smooth. I had to stop myself so I could still follow the plot of Knives Out. My better half prefers reds, so when I asked for his opinion, all he offered was “winey.” Put the rest in the fridge, finished it tonight, it’s better at 55 than at 35. Loses a lot of the citrus.
Didn’t try it with food. I’d pay $15/bottle for this. If you cherish that grassy characteristic that most Sauv Blancs have, you’ll be disappointed in this, but I really like it. Looking at the pro tasting notes, it reads cucumber and lime with tropical notes. I can see it, though the tropicals may be a stretch. This would be very refreshing on a warm summer night. Thanks for the opportunity!
This was a lovely wine, and very typical of lake county, with more of its characteristic ripe fruit and none of the grassiness you’d expect to see from one from Napa.
I’m not sure this picture quite does justice to the green-gold color, but on to the important stuff:
First sniff and you get green melon right on the nose- though maybe something a bit greener than honeydew. There are some high subtle notes of dried pineapple. Then the mid pallet is full fruited with a mineral notes on the finish . It’s a well balanced wine with decent acid structure.
All in all, very tasty and I’m glad to have received a bottle!