Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The Vineyards at Dodon Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (MD)

While at the Grand Tasting at Camden Yards during the Drink Local Wine 2013 conference, I was lucky enough to try The Vineyards at Dodon Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Arundel County Maryland.

Established in 2007, The Vineyards at Dodon are situated on rolling hills just south of Davidsonville, Maryland. When they began their first experiments with 150 vines, the goal was clear: to practice sustainable agriculture and produce exceptional wines. As ninth generation custodians of this historic farmland, and as demanding winemakers, they are committed to using viticultural practices and winemaking techniques that permit full expression of the unique deep sandy loam ‘Dodon Series Soils’ that lend our wines distinctive aromatics and subtle minerality. 

Now, five years later, they have selected the best varietals to grow on their land, planted their vines with the enthusiastic help of their family, friends, and neighbors, and often celebrated with a good party after a hard day’s work. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon cover the southern facing hills, while Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay are planted on the north facing slopes.

Steuart Pittman, Jr. and his six siblings are the 8th generation of the family to own the farm. Three generations of Pittmans currently reside on the farm. Polly and Tom are working on a new venture at Dodon - The Vineyards at Dodon.

I met Tom Croghan (of Tom and Polly fame) and tried their new Sauvignon Blanc 2011. It was wonderful! Bright tropical nose, with a big dose of grapefruit, and hints of apricot and honey. And the wine was varietaly correct, like a great big bight of a green apple, with a grapefruity ending. A mouthwatering wine, with great acidity and flavor. A very nice, big surprise.

Congrats to Tom and Polly!