Sauvignon Blanc

Jun 222011
2009 Rarecat Sauvignon Blanc, Lionheart Series, Napa Valley, CA, $30 (S) – Rating 93

Rarecat “Lionheart Series” Sauvignon Blanc is unique in its depth and structure. Blending with 25% Chardonnay grapes and neutral oak adds depth and a fuller/rounder mouth-feel than normally found in SB. Flavors of red apple, ripe peach, citrus and tropical fruits are complimented by a floral nose.

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Jun 142011
2009 Patianna Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Vineyards, Mendocino, CA, $16 (S) – Rating 92

Patianna Organic Vineyards consistently serves up a beautiful, clean, crisp organic Sauvignon Blancs at an excellent price. Fermented in stainless steel, no oak and no ML fermentation creates a flavorful wine of pineapple, melon and minerality with a just hint of green apple. The acidity balanced with a creamy finish sets this wine apart.

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Jun 092011
2009 McNab Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino, CA, $14 (S) – Rating 88

A winemaker once told me about Sauvignon Blanc, “grapefruit should be left on the breakfast table,” and I agree. McNab Ridge Sauvignon Blanc is rich and round with flavors of honeydew, pineapple and creme with no mouth puckering grapefruit. In the glass this wine opens and softens into a crisp yet round mouth-feel. Just a great summer patio sipper value.

Jun 072011
2009 Franciscan Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA, $17 (S) – Rating 86

A lively light Sauvignon Blanc. Flavors of citrus and grapefruit with a touch of honeydew and vanilla. A bit high in acid for a patio sipper but it paired very well with a grilled chicken & vegetable pasta salad.

Mar 042011

The unusually warm and sunny San Francisco February weather retreated in favor of a cold windy downpour as we arrived for our first 2011 wine country visit. We had much on our blogging plate for the ten days. Winemaker interviews, winery visits, wine tastings, the Vintners Hall of Fame Dinner, Symposium for Professional Wine Writers and the Premiere Napa Barrel Tasting and Wine Auction were more than enough to make the average liver cry uncle. As you can see being a wine blogger is just “damn hard work.”

After the 90 minute rain soaked drive to Napa, our first pit stop was not a winery, but Target to buy a new massive suitcase to replace the one whose wheels had suffered irreparable damage in the gentle care of too many baggage handlers. After dragging the heavy broken-wheeled bag through SFO, on to the tram, then through the rental car building only to drive in a downpour, we were ready for some wine to revive the soul.

Our first stop was the John Anthony Wines Tasting Lounge  in downtown Napa next door to the Avia Hotel. The hip décor includes a tasting bar as well as comfortable seating to just sit back and drink some wine. At night the Tasting Lounge turns into more of cool wine bar scene. We liked the wines and atmosphere so much we met friends there for a pre-dinner glass of wine, later in the week. Continue reading »