2007 St. Supéry Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

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91 points and two stars from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "This brisk, slightly pungent, intensely varietal Sauvignon Blanc is long on concentrated, kiwi-like fruit and its lack of oak allows its very deep fruit to shine through from beginning to end. It is fleshy and beautifully balanced in a rich and always refreshing style, and it is just the thing for washing down flavorful shellfish preparations. Try it with the likes of savory crab cakes or classic Oysters Rockefeller." (09/08) 91 points from Wine & Spirits Magazine: "The powerful green fruit of this sauvignon needs air to settle down, or a year or two in bottle to mellow. It has the scent of an exotic desert succulent plant, while lime and mineral character develops in the glass. For chicken schwarma and other spicy white meats." (06/08)The St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc is like your favorite chair, book, record or movie: you know it will always be there ready to accept you without hesitation or question. From the onset this is Sauvignon Blanc, unmistakable and pronounced with aromas of gooseberry, musk, lime peel and wet quartz. Vibrant and refreshing the instant it hits your tongue with flavors of Meyer lemon, cut grass and guava with a return of the stony cut found on the nose. Building in ripeness to a tropical styled finish of passion fruit, mango and the bite of quince, this is easy to like and even easier to drink. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.