2011 Duckhorn Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Apple blossom, pear and tangerine flavors are at the core of this wine, with a nice acidity to give the flavors plenty of intensity and freshness. Drink now.
*One star* Drifting toward the lean, grassier side of the varietal spectrum, this wine comes across as lighter than recent Duckhorn efforts yet seems a tad better off because of it. Style and size fit nicely together and the wine's early juice on the palate is then balanced by latter palate briskness that brings both length and energy to the initially open flavors.
With vibrant acidity and a keen taste of mineral-like a lick of cold steel-this Sauvignon Blanc is also rich in citrus and tropical fruit flavors. A touch of oak and lees aging imparts a creamy, smoky yeastiness. More importantly, it has a seemingly sweet finish, so pair accordingly with appropriate fare.
Duckhorn's 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is complemented by a blend of 24% Semillon. The wine was fermented in 15% new, large French oak barrels and spent five months sur lie before being bottled. From the winery: "The aromas are fresh and enticing with bright citrus layers supported by subtle undertones of papaya and green mango. On the palate, the tropical notes come to the forefront with rich, lush layers of guava, passion fruit and lychee, as well as hints of herbs and lemon zest."