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Sauvignon Blanc

The Grape

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety with its origins in Bordeaux France. Sauvignon Blanc is grown best in cooler wine growing regions, favoring a long cool growing season with a slower ripening time to balance the acids and sugars. In California, Sauvignon Blanc grows in Napa Valley, Coombsville, Alexander Valley, Sonoma Coast, Mendocino Ridge, and the Central Coast. Worldwide, Sauvignon Blanc grows in Chile, Brazil, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and France. 

The Wine

Sauvignon Blanc's flavor changes drastically depending on the climate of where it's produced. In cold climates, the grape has flavors of green grass, green apple, bell pepper, and elderflower. In moderate climates, the flavors are that of passion fruit and lime. In warm climates, the wine develops the flavor of ripe peaches, grapefruit, and apricot.

Perfect Pairings

Sauvignon Blanc pairs with white meats including pork chops, chicken, turkey, and white fish including Tilapia and Sea Bass. Shellfish and shrimp are also excellent pairings. A light blue cheese, Brie, and goat cheeses also pair well with Sauvignon Blanc.

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2014 Cal Star Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County
Starting at: $ 16.00

20% Discount On The Bottle Price With The Purchase Of A Case 

Vineyard Profile

Crinella Marino Vineyard, Russian River Valley
 
With a long, cool growing season, the cool climate of the Russian River Valley keeps wines crisp while allowing the natural character of the climate to shine through.   The picturesque Crinella Marino vineyard is located in one of the warmer areas of the Russian River Valley and experiences less rain and weather challenges than many other sites in the region.
 
The grapes offer a combination of a sophisticated Sancerre of the Loire Valley and the grassier New Zealand selections.  This is a California wine for a Sauvignon Blanc enthusiast.

Winemaker's Notes

Pale straw gold in color, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is the sum of three distinct parts.  At first, bold citrus and tropical notes dominate: Meyer lemon, grapefruit, lychee, honeydew melon, pineapple and kiwi.  Secondary notes balance the fruit with lemongrass, clover and a hint of sweet ginger.  Tertiary flavors of wet rock, shortbread and vanilla round the palette and draw the juicy tropical notes through the finish.  The bright acidity brings focus to the lush citrus and ripe fruit notes while finishing with bright key lime and stony minerality. 

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc 
Appellation: Sonoma County, Crinella Marino Vineyard, Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.2 
Acidity: 6.9 g/L
Aging Potential: 1-3 Years 
Release Date: April 15, 2016

Limited Production 220 Cases 

2014 Essere Franco Sauvignon Blanc
$ 35.00

The fruit for the 2014 Essere Franco Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Las Cerezas Vineyard in Napa Valley's Yountville viticultural area.  Aged 12 months in 80% new French Oak, this wine maintains a crisp acidic edge with a medium body. With fruit flavors of green apple and passion fruit, and a flowery peach nose, our Sauvignon Blanc is perfect for your afternoon picnic. Best served with grilled fish or white meats especially if prepared with a creamy sauce with spring vegetables.  

Only 143 cases produced.

Alc. – 15.5%

2014 Humanitas 'Good Earth" Sauvignon Blanc 'George's Vineyard'
$ 30.00

This Sauvignon Blanc opens on the nose with that bright, effervescent nose of white peaches, pears, a little honeydew melon. On the palate, there is a little spritz - by design - to deliver the exceptional acid and flavors. In the mouth, the delightfully crisp acid marries with the white peaches, pears, honeydew, and a little ruby red grapefruit. This wine is so bright, bouncy, and vibrant it craves music -- honestly, grab some classic being music and put your groove on with abandon and let loose!

Winemaker’s Comments:

The ‘Good Earth’ tier celebrates specific vineyards showcasing a distinct style of a particular varietal unique to that vineyard site.  George Shank’s vineyard in Wooden Valley (Napa) has something in the soil that expresses such a beautiful assembly of flavors and textures it is hard describe.  It could be the Entav clone in conjunction with the site – but the resulting white peach nectar, pear juice and red grapefruit is hard to reproduce.  

George Shanks Vineyard is a jewel. It is one of the best expressions of the Sauvignon Blanc grape available in Napa.  Period.

Wine Description:

The Humanitas 2014 ‘George’s Vineyard’ Sauvignon Blanc opens on the nose with that bright, effervescent nose of white peaches, pears, a little honeydew melon.   On the palate, there is a little spritz…by design…to deliver the exceptional acid and flavors.  And in the mouth, that delightfully crisp acid marries with the white peaches, pears, honeydew…and a little ruby red grapefruit to deliver an unparalleled Sauvignon Blanc experience.  Holy Moly this is a good wine…time for a second glass!

As the wine settles on the palate, an almost creamy texture complements the crisp acidity and bright fruit.  It craves fresh oysters (oh wait, that’s me!) or a simple sole sautéed in light olive oil (ok…make it butter!) or some prosciutto wrapped melon.  But a beautiful local Chevre on a tangy sourdough might just be divine.  One way to find out!  And this bright and bouncy vibrant wine just craves music – honestly, grab some classic swing music and put your groove on with abandon and let loose!

Alcohol: 14.9%
Appellation: Napa ‘George’s Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% George’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Clones: Entav & Clone 1        
Wood: None

Limited Production - 298 Cases

2014 Picayune Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma & Napa
$ 21.00

Tasting Notes 

Fresh aromas of lemon, Asian pear and stone fruits.  The palate is bright and lively with lime zest, lemon verbena, and a hint of hay. The wine is balanced with a good acidity and a nice mineral finish. Fresh, delicate, attractive, yet rich at the same time. Drink on its own or pair with seafood, poultry, spicy food and anything that inspires you.

Appellation: 56% Sonoma County  44% Napa County

Fermentation: (70%)stainless steel barrels, and (20%)neutral French oak barrels, (10%)Cement egg

Alcohol: 13.5%

Limited Production - 480 Cases

2014 Troon Blue Label Longue Carabine, Applegate Valley
$ 29.00

92 Points Highly Recommended - The National Wine Review

93 Points - James Melendez

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A creative co-ferment of grapes native to the South of France:Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon 2.4%; farmed to savor the natural attributes of granitic soils, washed down the mountains covered in Madrone, Oak and Ponderosa pine.  Full bodied and exotic, this is a substantial wine, but it’s still balanced with the bracing acidity you would expect from Oregon. The aromas and flavors are laced with hints of honeysuckle and ripe peaches.  An ideal match for roast chicken, veal and cheeses.  For those that love the exotic, lush and complex white blend of the southern Rhône Valley will adore Longue Carabine.

Wine Information

Varietal:              Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon Blanc 2.4%.

Appellation:         Applegate Valley

Vineyard:             Troon Vineyard

Designation:        Longue Carabine

Sugar:                  20.5 Brix

Acid:                      5.47

PH:                        3.58

Aging:                    7 months in mature French Oak

Residual Sugar:     2.8

Alcohol:                 12.5%

Bottling Date:        5/15/2015

2015 Humanitas 'Good Earth" Sauvignon Blanc 'George's Vineyard'
$ 30.00

 

Maybe you're a fan of Jeff Buckley? If you are, you may feel, like we do, that listening to his voice is like catching a ride on a beam of light heading straight to heaven. Like Jeff's voice, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc from George's Vineyard is creamy, bright, and downright celestial. Exotic aromas of guava, lemongrass, lime zest and mandarin illuminate the senses. Pay close attention to the brilliant, star-bright acidity, and don't miss the creamy body and chalky, mineral-laden finish. Pour a glass, throw on a live Buckley show and Hallelujah. 


Alcohol: 14.9%
Appellation: Napa ‘George’s Vineyard’ Designation
Blend: 100% George’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Clones: Entav & Clone 1        
Wood: None

2015 Mariah Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
$ 32.00

Tasting Notes

Mineral structure, poached pear, creaminess, long finish.

Grassy, gooseberry on the nose, greengage plum, tangerine blossom, classic, Sancerre style, a touch of minerality, key lime pie, and a bit of kerosene on the finish.

20 months in neutral oak barrels

2,600 elevation at this vineyard. 

Slight reduction on the nose, rubber hose, dried apricots, rich - powerful entry, medium palate, golden raisins - a white wine for red wine drinkers. 

The owners of this vineyard warned Andy & Ali that there might not be any grapes left as they were so ripe and juicy that the deer were devouring them. However, Ali, sensing the grapes needed to be saved, immediately did an inversion in the middle of the winery, in hopes of warding off the deer AND convincing the owners that indeed these grapes would be in the right hands. Fortunately, the inversion worked and as they say, the rest is history.

Appellation: Mendocino Ridge

2015 Petrified Forest Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
$ 23.00

2014 Sauvignon Blanc--Bronze, Sunset International Wine Competition
$10 Shipping On Bottles 1-3
$0.01 Shipping On Bottles 4-12

Tasting Notes

Pale yellow with a tinge of green, gooseberry , melon rind on the nose with a touch of Serrano pepper. The palate is lively with vibrant acidity and finishes seamlessly with flavors of kiwi and lime zest

Vintage

The 2014 Vintage was warm and sunny from April on. That compounded with almost no rain contributed to early ripening and concentrated fruit. Reds will benefit from some bottle age and cellar well, this white wine is drinking beautifully right now.

Fermentation

The grapes were picked at dawn and whole cluster pressed immediately. The newly pressed juice was cold settled in tank overnight then racked off heavy solids to it’s fermentation tank and a small amount of neutral French oak barrels. The tank was inoculated with a proprietary yeast blend while the barrels were left to ferment with indigenous yeast. After a slow, cool fermentation the new wine was racked off the lees and bottled as early as possible to preserve it’s vibrant character.

Analysis at Harvest

Brix- 22.6                   pH- 3.36                     Ta- 0.72 g/100ml

2015 Yorkville Highlands Sauvignon Blanc
$ 24.00

Tasting Notes

Made with organic grapes this wine tastes of orange creamsicle, notes of spicy poached pear, lemon custard, baking spices, Asian pear, creme fraiche and tangerine peel, The taste is rich with a  medium mouthfeel and warm creamy finish. Spice predominates adding a touch of heat on the finish

Ages 20 months in neutral oak

Yorkville Cellars is a 30-year-old, biodynamic winery  - Ed and Deb Wallow

Appellation: Yorkville Highlands

2016 Cuvée Blanc
$ 27.00

Tasting Notes

Our new world take on a Bordeaux Blanc -- partially oaked Sauvignon Blanc mixed with a little Semillon.
The wine has a brilliant pale straw color, lively nose of fresh melon, apricot, and subtle goose-berry notes.  It is refreshing on the palate where zesty citrus stars on the midpalate, giving way to more generous, rounded layers of vanilla cream.  Age-worthy, it peaks in bursts of orange blossom and tangerine.  Enjoy now or cellar for up to 3-5 years.

 

 

Vintage:           2016

Varietal:           Sauvignon Blanc (95%), Semillon (5%)

Appellation:     Rutherford

Vineyard:          Dalla Gasperina

Alcohol %:       14.5

2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley
$ 20.00

20% Discount On The Bottle Price With The Purchase Of A Case 

Appellation Profile

The Russian River Valley is blessed by a myriad of microclimates – however, the unifying characteristic are foggy mornings and evenings that cool off hot summer days in the vineyard.  The result is an extended growing season that allows grapes to fully ripen while keeping their fresh, vibrant acidity.  This climate is a perfect showcase for Sauvignon Blanc – the grape is at once both plush and tropical as well as  pleasantly invigorating – the best of both worlds. 

Winemaker's Notes

Pale straw gold in color, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is bracingly fresh on the nose.   Notes of gooseberry, kefir lime, sweet ginger and white pepper give way to more tropical fruits like pineapple and lychee with time in the glass.  The result of an extended draught, this vintage shows great concentration and precision on the palate with laser-like focus on bright citrus, candied orange and green papaya.  Juicy and penetrating, the finish lingers and cleanses with final notes of key lime and stony minerality.  

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc 
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.2 
Acidity: 7 g/L
Aging Potential: 1-3 Years 
Release Date: July 1, 2017