Our Sauvignon Blanc is quintessentially Californian, with a beautiful ripeness balanced with wonderful structure and acidity. Grapes from a handful of carefully selected vineyards join our Spottswoode Estate fruit in the composition of this wine. A combination of small, stainless barrels, French oak, and concrete, egg-shaped cuves are utilized in fermentation. This technique results in a complex, rich, and vibrant wine that stands well on its own, pairs beautifully with food, and is further enhanced with a bit of cellaring.
An inviting, expressive nose of white peach, tangerine peel, and guava, with orange blossoms and a wisp of gardenia, gives way to a mouth-filling and round palate of beautifully ripe pears and tangerine cream. Smooth and rich, exhibiting wonderful structure and balance. Compelling and exciting—makes us long for the warm spring and summer days that are forthcoming!
Robert Parker 90 Points
Over 70% of the fruit for the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Estate comes from Sonoma. It reveals surprising flavor intensity with lots of melon, fig, flint and mineral characteristics. Medium-bodied but surprisingly intense and rich, this dry, crisp white is one of the better Sauvignons made in Northern California. Drink it over the next several years.
Vinous 91 Points
(bottled just prior to my visit): Bright lemon-yellow color. Vibrant nose combines pineapple, lemon, aromatic herbs, grass, anise and peppermint. At once ripe and pliant and energetic, displaying good grip to the flavors of white peach, green melon and cassis bud. Finishes dry and classic, with good length. Winemaker Aron Weinkauf noted that 2013 was a challenging vintage as the sugar accumulation came before flavor development, "but luckily the temperatures cooled off toward the end."-ST