Sandy Bend Vineyard, Lake County, CA; 13.5% ABV
“Fermented upon the skins. Bottled without fining or filtration”
“Christopher Reid Christensen, Winesmith”
Produced and bottled by Wefew Vintners, Healdsburg, CA
$7 (or maybe $6) at the Oakland, CA, store about a month ago. Almost certainly no longer there.
This label struck me as unusual and interesting and, indeed, the wine is one of the most unusual and interesting Sauvignon Blancs I have ever tasted.
The aromatic profile resembles that of a Riesling: perfume-like white / yellow flowers and light yellow fruit. On the palate, I tasted lightly lemony yellow peach, yellow melon, cherimoya / light gardenia, green lime, some balancing minerally grape skin bitterness, and a hint of fresh herbs on the finish. The wine had a pleasantly viscous mouthfeel. Good on its own, it was spectacular with food.
The next day, the wine was a little softer and more forward, but overall it was very similar.