Husband and wife team, Kenny Likitprakong and Lynn Wheeler, have been making "real wines" in CA before it was cool. They make fresh, vibrant wines without manipulation from all over California.
The 5th vintage of White Light continues to be fun, easy drinking, summery, and affordable. Our goals have stayed the same - bottle something fresh with acid and some mineral and retain that sort of salty, briny character that the Tocai Friulano has, but tone it down with the fruit and aromatics of Riesling and Verdelho. This is pretty much what you will find in the bottle with added leaness from the Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2019 is 43% Tocai Friulano from Mendocino, 26% Riesling from Arroyo Seco, 9% Verdelho from Suisun Valley, 21% Sauvignon Blanc from Potter Valley, and 1% Gewurztraminer from Monterey. Everything was picked at the beginning of the season with brix numbers ranging from 19˚ to 21˚. The final wine is 12.5% alcohol. Each variety was fermented individually in stainless steel tanks without commercial yeast and kept at a cool fermentation temperature. When the fermentation was complete, we filtered the wine and left it in stainless steel until it was bottled in March of 2020.
White Light was inspired by a trip to the vortexes of Sedona, Arizona, but maybe a little Velvet Underground too.