Napa Valley, CA; 14.5% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, store on 14 May
The back label says in part, “Challenging Sauvignon Blancs as this one that have that dash of French Loire Valley asparagus mingled with the hint of red delicious apples and persimmon fruit throughout are the new benchmark.” I’m always a sucker for
snob appeal an herbal Sauvignon Blanc, so I got a bottle. After years of visiting Napa Valley wineries and tasting their obligatory Sauvignon Blancs, I would have sworn I’d never like another Napa SB, but this one is really good.
The first small pour was a little strange, and I definitely liked it much better a little warmed from fridge temp, but subsequent glasses were delicious. With an enticing nose, the wine showed ample but delicate flavors of lemon, lime, pear, light asparagus, supporting vanilla / oak, and mild grape skin bitterness, with supple viscosity and minerality, and nice fruit / acid balance. Even at the high alcohol level, we easily went through the whole bottle on this hot (for Berkeley, at least) evening. If you try a bottle and taste red delicious apple and persimmon (does that just mean a slight astringency?), please let me know. 🙂