Posts Tagged Sauvignon Blanc

The Essence of Galerie

By Glen Frederiksen For me, one of the saddest stories to tell about Napa Valley is the elimination of many varietals initially planted there in favor of the red Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Of course, winemaking is a... Read more

2013 J. Lohr Sauvignon Blanc, Carol’s Vineyard, St. Helena, Napa Valley

Bright straw color. How do we say this? The initial aromatics demonstrate an herbal, pastural quality. But, once we get past that, this white provides ample grapefruit and note of tangerine, along with varietal trademark grassiness. There is a... Read more

2013 J. Lohr ‘Flume Crossing’ Sauvignon Blanc, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Light straw color. This is an eminently likeable, fruit-forward style of Sauvignon Blanc, showing zesty lime, white grapefruit, passionfruit, a hint of banana, and fresh snap pea. It has a juicy vibrancy on the palate, a note of creaminess from... Read more

2013 Murphy-Goode ‘The Fumé’ Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

Brilliant light straw color. Aromatically, this wine is a veritable fruit salad, releasing scents of honeydew, citrus, tropical fruits, and white flowers. In the mouth, there is ample acidity to balance against the plump fruit flavors. A ghostly... Read more

2013 Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

At its inception 30 years ago, Ferrari-Carano quickly established a reputation as a producer of world-class Chardonnay. Those of us who visited the winery back then found the Sauvignon Blanc bottlings to be similarly outstanding. Today, the yearly... Read more

2013 Avant Sauvignon Blanc, California

Brilliant light straw color. Fresh and vibrant in the nose, delivering zesty lime, tangerine blossom, passion fruit, a note of banana, and cool minerality. Some light chalkiness appears towards the finish. This is a perfect wine for lighter fare... Read more

2013 Brancott Estate ‘Flight Song’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

With wine, what you smell is what you taste, for the most part. This bottling, however, has a nose that promises a lot, but doesn’t deliver completely on the palate. Light straw in hue, with a glint of emerald, its aroma spectrum includes bell... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Fumé Blanc, Sonoma County

Some wineries — particularly many in New Zealand — make “in-your-face” versions of Sauvignon Blanc. Dry Creek Vineyard opts for a more user-friendly style. The 2013 vintage has light notes of vanilla and butter framing pineapple aromas and... Read more

2013 Dry Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

There is nothing “wrong” with this wine; let’s get that out of the way at the beginning. While faintly varietal and somewhat lacking in concentration, it’s an inoffensive wine that would work perfectly well for summertime quaffing. It has a... Read more

2013 Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County

The Sauvignon Blanc variety normally exhibits grassy, hay-like or herbal characteristics. This bottling does not. While not “varietally correct,” as some critics would assert, it’s still an enjoyable wine. Very light straw in hue, it offers... Read more