Sauvignon Blanc

Mar 202012
2010 Crosby Roamann Eternal Return Sauvignon Blanc, St. Helena AVA, Napa Valley, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 90

This lightly oaked Sauvignon Blanc by Crosby Roamann opens with a nose of herbal citrus which gives way to a crisp yet soft mouth-feel with flavors of  pear, vanilla, flinty minerality, and Meyer lemon with a bit of zippy acidity. It paired well with broiled scallops. This wine needs to approach room temp before all the flavors come into play.

Mar 162012
2010 Lava Cap Winery Sauvignon Blanc, El Dorado, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 89

A nose of ripe pineapple with hints of toasty oak. Richer and rounder than many Sauv. Blancs, this wine from Lava Cap Winery coats the palate with flavors of pineapple creme, melon, toasty oak and baking spice with just a hint of crisp acidity…somewhat chardonnay-esque.

Oct 072011
2009 Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA, $29 – Rating 90

A year ago I had the chance to chat with Dolores Cakebread (wife of founder Jack Cakebread). She asked if I’d had her Sauvignon Blanc because it was “one of the best.” I finally had some a year later and Dolores was right. Cakebread Cellars offers a lovely example of Napa Sauvignon Blanc with crisp yet rich flavors of soft red apple, citrus, honeydew melon, fig and vanilla. Aging in neutral oak barrels and blending with 4% Sauvignon Musque and 5% Semillon adds just enough richness and texture.


Sep 052011
2009 Shannon Ridge Ranch Collection Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 88

This double Gold Medal winner from Shannon Ridge is a very easy drinking medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc with balanced flavors of granny smith apples, pear, pineapple, lemon with hints of tangerine and minerality. Enough acidity to make it a good foodie wine with lighter summer fare.

Sep 042011
Wine Blog

Kelly Fleming

Kelly Fleming is living the dream(s) that so many wine lovers share. First, to own a vineyard / winery and second to build a family business, in touch with nature, to be shared with her children.

In 1998, Kelly purchased 300 acres near Calistoga where today you will find a twelve acre vineyard next to her small yet beautifully designed winery tucked up against the hillside. From the private tasting room you look through glass doors into a 7,000 square foot limestone wine cave cut into the hill. Kelly, as you will see, is a hands-on vintner who has no problem with dirty boots and vineyard dust on her hands.

Bacchus and Beery Wine Blog had the opportunity to meet Kelly in the summer of 2011 to share wine and stories. Kelly is very down-to-earth with a casual elegance, much like her wines. Her easy style combined with her passion for wine made for a lovely Sunday afternoon visit far away from the frenetic pace of so many winery tasting rooms.

Kelly Fleming Wines produces only two varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. The first vintage was 2004. We enjoyed the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc’s beautiful balance with soft flavors of honeycomb, pear, pineapple, vanilla and honeydew melon. The Cabernet was well integrated with soft and supple tannins combined with flavors of dark cherry, dark berries, spice, and smoke with hints of cocoa and toasty vanilla.

The winery offers appointment tastings by contacting the winery. Elegant wines at a winery of understated elegance; Kelly Fleming Wines is a stop worth making.

B & B Wine Blog: Kelly, you are living the dream many of us have, to own our own winery. Tell us why you wanted to open a winery and how you made your dream into a reality.

KF:I wanted to continue to learn.  Next I thought about my interest in food, wine and growing things. Once I found this land, the story evolved.  First I was only thinking about planting grapes suited to the property. Once I got my hands dirty and spend time on the land, I was forever lost and consumed in farming.  Once the grapes came, I contemplated the next step of wine production.  After a few years of watching, I wanted to have the winemaking here in our control with our caring hands. Continue reading »