2011 Spottswoode Napa/Sonoma Counties Sauvignon Blanc
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(from a wide geographic range of vineyards, including Spottswoode's own estate, Krupp, Hyde, Farina and Pelkan in Knights Valley): Bright yellow. Pungent aromas of grapefruit, ripe pineapple, cassis bud, sage and botanical herbs. Dense and sappy, with terrific inner-mouth tension and mineral drive to the pineapple and grapefruit flavors. Dry, bracing, serious sauvignon with excellent length and lift. A superb vintage for this consistently excellent bottling.
San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "While this St. Helena estate's current 2009 Cabernet is beautiful, its benchmark work with white grapes deserves attention, especially in a cold year that could, like 1998, turn out to be a beautiful vintage for white wines. Bay-leaf aromas reveal the cold year, but the perfumed fig and dense citrus peel, and a mastery of texture, show just how much winemaker Aron Weinkauf takes this seriously. Simultaneously luscious and nervy. A pinnacle for California." A rare find in the retail market, Spottswoode's Sauvignon Blanc is offered almost exclusively to the winery's mailing list and to restaurants. We were, however, fortunate enough to get a small allocation to offer to you. The wine is comprised of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Sauvignon Musque from carefully selected vineyards, including the Spottswoode Estate, across Napa and Sonoma Counties. The result is a wine that is wonderfully Californian, with intense aromas and flavors of peach and key lime, grapefruit and melon, with a subtle hint of grass, minerals and crème brûlée. Balanced and very food friendly.