2011 Storm Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Suggestions of green tea and fresh grass lend plenty of varietal authority to this well-filled youngster, yet the wine is fruity and mannerly with a nice sense of crafting, and it never threatens to be too much of a good thing. While it is moderately full-bodied and has the balance to age for several years, it affords splendid drinking right now with the likes of lightly seared yellowtail or delicately sauced scallops.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright straw. Mineral-accented orange, pear and ginger on the nose, with an herbal nuance in the background. Racy citrus flavors show good verve and spice character. Notes of orange zest and tarragon linger on the taut, linear finish. This wine reminded me a lot of a New Zealand version of the variety.
South African transplant to California's Central Coast, Ernst Storm handcrafts small amounts of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in a style that combines old world sensibilities with new world technique. Sourced from La Presa, Curtis, Kingsley, and McGinley vineyards, four distinct sites in Santa Ynez with varying soil types and microclimates, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc shows classic citrus, grapefruit and grassy notes in the nose, with mouthwatering acidity, a nice creamy texture on the midpalate, and citrusy flavors echoing in the finish. Storm's technique of predominantly stainless steel fermentation (84%) followed by six months aging on the lees yields a balanced and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that is delicious on its own but highly versatile with food. This is a winemaker to watch.