Widely planted and universally loved, Sauvignon Blanc is well known for it’s spiky, lively acidity. Flavors range from lean, green and grassy to creamy with notes of passion fruit and fleshy peach depending on climate and how the wine is aged be it in stainless steel or oak. Zesty, zippy and zingy –Sauvignon Blanc has swing and bounce with aromas run the gamut from citrusy to herbaceous. When it comes to food pairing—Sauvignon Blanc is the ultimate flex, versatile and accommodating to a vast array of foods from oysters on the half shell to cheese and charcuterie, and even tomato based dishes.
Here are capsule reviews of Sauvignon Blanc’s you may find along the Wine Road.
Dutton Estate Kylie’s Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc, RRV
The Dutton Estate Kylie’s Cuvée has an unmistakable Sauvignon Blanc
nose; a spicy coquet of scents composed of bright green and tropical
notes including honeysuckle, spring grass, pineapple and lychee. Aged in
stainless steel and a barrel mix of new and neutral French oak, the
combination yields brisk acidity yet soft body and mouthfeel with notes
of lemon curd, creamy peach, lychee, and grapefruit. The long lingering
finish buzzes with gooseberry and ripe apricot. Pair with Panzenella
(the Italian bread and tomato salad) and a spur of the moment picnic in a
Ehret 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Knights Valley
Clean and precise the Ehret Sauvignon Blanc hits all the right notes
with a bold surge of lemon zest and candied ginger on the nose and a
pleasant through line of fresh cut grass. The initial flavors of pear,
melon, guava and fleshy white peach, give way to full round flavors of
lemon curd with a spike of grapefruit. The spicy acidity builds to a
crescendo followed by a long juicy finish with a touch of creamy passion
fruit and squeeze of lime. It’s a wonderful example of how Sauvignon
Blanc can be both expressive and exhilarating.
G & C Lurton 2019 L’Orange Wine Sauvignon Blanc
A horse of a different color here, the G & C Lurton L’Orange glows
amber in the glass and offers a delicious twist on traditional
Sauvignon Blanc. Made in an “orange wine style” the juice is kept on the
skins for two months to achieve the distinct color and deep flavors.
Rich and complex it amps up the aromatics and delivers an exciting range
of flavors including orange marmalade, apricot, tomato leaf, and thyme.
Great body and long finish with notes of jalapeño, ginger and green
apple. Delicious chilled, but allow it to warm a bit in the glass and
notice how the flavors deepen.
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J. Rickards Winery 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Croft Vineyard, Alexander Valley
Bright and fresh the J. Rickards Sauvignon Blanc zips across the
palate in a zesty burst of citrus, melon, white peach, pineapple and
juicy nectarine. On the nose you’ll find pleasant notes of grapefruit,
jasmine, and a touch of chalk. Crisp acidity and spiky tannins usher in a
juicy long finish full of fleshy peach, pear and kiwi. Pair with goat
cheese and rosemary crostini.
Selby 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, RRV
The Selby Sauvignon Blanc is fermented in stainless steel with a
touch of Semillon that adds richness to the body. On the nose it’s a
spring frolic of sweet carnation, and fresh grass, ginger and apple
blossom. On the palate it’s zesty and bright full of lush tropical
flavors of guava and passion fruit in parallel with creamy notes of
coconut and vanilla, courtesy of the of Semillon. Vibrant and delicious,
the refreshing clean finish lingers well into the next sip. Pair with
pan fried scallops (and invite me over!)
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