The interplay of soil, sun, and coastal breezes makes the North Coast a choice locale for growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Cannonball sources from varied terroirs to introduce layers of flavour: Mendocino fruit gives both citrus spectrum and sub-tropical notes, Lake County contributes more intense robust tropical aromas and flavours, and Sonoma brings balance and length as well as a core of minerality.
A mellow cousin to New Zealand’s assertive style of Sauvignon Blanc, waves of grapefruit, lime, and orange blossom dominate on the nose with a back note of passionfruit and a hint of lemongrass. Alongside the citrus spectrum, tropical notes emerge on the palate showing guava, lychee, and passionfruit. The mid-palate structure is medium in weight and reveals an attractive slate/mineral quality that lingers on the finish and compliments the lively acidity.
“Green tea and chamomile gentle, yet with verve, and intriguing. Long, almost teasing finish: I say this merits an extra special grade and thus: Platinum!”
94 points + “Platinum”, Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2018
“Cannonball delivers a smooth version of Sauvignon Blanc, showing roundness and length rather than pungency. A platinum award-winner at the 2018 Critics Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.”
90 points, Robert Whitley, June 2018