Our Sauvignon Blanc represents what we believe to be the highest expression of this varietal. It’s beautifully Californian, with wonderful structure and acidity. Grapes from a handful of carefully selected vineyards—some familiar, some new—join our Spottswoode Estate fruit in the composition of this wine, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque. We strive to create a vibrant, lovely, flavorful wine that stands well on its own but also pairs beautifully with food.
The 2013 is textured and aromatic, backed up by a wonderful, vibrant acidity. The nose exudes lime zest and lemon pith, along with characters of ripe peach, honeydew melon, and grapefruit, with a touch of vanillin and pear. The palate is long with hints of meringue and brioche, with citrus components in the finish. A beautifully balanced and lovely wine!
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