2012 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1129719 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Best Buy* This tastes bone dry, and it offers acidity that's so clean and racy, it makes your mouth feel like it's shining. The flavors of limes, lemons, hay, white pepper and vanilla are delightful.  (4/2013)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/23/2013 | Send Email
I always think of Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blancs being chock full of bright citrus fruit but I was more than pleasantly surprised when I tasted the 2012 to find some beautiful tropical and melon notes. Paired with a fuller than expected palate, this clean, crisp white is the ideal wine to enjoy all summer long.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/22/2013 | Send Email
Well I have to be honest...usually a California Sauv Blanc for under $8 is hard pressed to be drinkable, innocuous at best. But when I tasted the 2012 Geyser Peak SB I was very pleasantly surprised! It has a wonderful intensity to it. Lots of bright aromatics, crispy, great core of acid and citrus notes with a clean and fresh finish. Super Value here!!!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2013 | Send Email
One of California’s finest producers of Sauvignon blanc’s. A crisp, light to medium-bodied example revealing forceful, fragrant notes of melons, figs, dried herbs, and a hint of citrus, delicious, and surprisingly a great value from California!

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2013 | Send Email
With summer a short ways off, this crisp, affordable Sauvignon Blanc answers the call of warm days and backyard grilling parties, picnics, and the like. Light and refreshing, with green melon, citrus, and a dash of herbs, this could either make a good foil to, say, grilled shrimp, or serve as a nice, straightforward, juicy, "cocktail" wine.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2013 | Send Email
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This is a great little buy for domestic Sauvignon Blanc or for any affordable white wine, in fact. It has a very pleasant floral nose with hints of nectarine and herbs. Simple, clean and fresh on the palate with generous acidity, lemon-lime notes and just a hint of melon.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13