Posts Tagged Sauvignon Blanc

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

2013 Pedroncelli ‘Eastside Vineyards’ Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

Patience is rewarded with this wine, which has a pungent nose of green pepper, green melon, barnyard and canned pear when opened. With a good deal of swirling and time in the glass, that first impression subsides, leaving an herbal counterpoint to... Read more

2012 Souverain Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast

Looking for something different in an aperitif? Eschew the bubbles and opt for this brilliant light straw-colored wine, which has a juicy finish that invites another sip. The experience begins with a pungent nose of hay, moderate sweet pea and sweet... Read more

2012 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

This is Old School Sauvignon Blanc, done right. As in Bordeaux, a good dollop of Semillon is blended in, adding weight and fleshy fruit. A portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was barrel fermented in French oak. The color is a brilliant pale yellow with... Read more

2011 Chateau St. Jean Fumé Blanc, Lyon Vineyard, Alexander Valley

Light straw color. Grassy, herbal nose that shows melon, stone fruit, white flowers, and citrus blossom. It is clean and vibrant in the mouth, with juicy fruit that begs for the next sip. MSRP: $22 (November 2013) Wine Lines rating:... Read more