2011 Quivira Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1123404 91 points Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value* This deep and very keenly defined take on Sauvignon Blanc is rife with the grassy traits that are the indelible signature of the grape, but it goes further than most when it comes to genuine fruit, and its zesty mix of limes and green melons make it one of the more complete and eminently age-worthy renditions to be had. While lively and crisp, it has a nice bit of palatal heft and conveys long-lasting impressions of substance and depth, and it will make an ideal companion to richer shellfish recipes.  (8/2012)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow. Pungent aromas of grapefruit, pear skin and succulent herbs, with a floral overtone. Juicy, focused and light on its feet, offering tangy citrus fruit flavors and showing good clarity. Dry and refreshingly bitter on the finish, which shows a slightly tart edge and good length.  (6/2013)

K&L Notes

This incredible value in domestic Sauvignon Blanc sells out from the winery every year, so supplies are limited. A reference point for Dry Creek SB, Quivira's is crisp and fresh, with textbook grassy aromas and flavors mingling with citrus and tree fruit. Think Loire Valley meets California in a balanced, refreshing style that is perfect on its own or accompanying a plate of fresh farmed Tomales Bay oysters.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/12/2013 | Send Email
This biodynamically-farmed and raised Sauvignon Blanc is nervy and refreshing with nice zing, but it has quite a bit of substance and length on the palate thanks to its origins in prime Dry Creek terroir. It's classic Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of the Loire, showing grassy notes supported by riper green apple and citrus aromas and flavors. Very limited in production! Enjoy with fresh oysters or later a harvest fig and goat cheese salad.

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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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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).