2013 Margerum "K&L Blend" Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc

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Margerum Wine Company has long been a favorite of K&L. Doug Margerum, owner and director of winemaking, started out on the retail side of things. He and his family opened Wine Cask in Santa Barbara in 1981 and spent more than a decade building a fantastic wine shop and bistro. During much of that time, Doug was also building an amazing wine company. Margerum Wines are fantastically balanced and go beautifully with food. They are pure and clean, showing off the beautiful fruit from around Santa Barbara County. We were lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit the winery and spend a couple hours eating delicious food and blending what would become the K&L Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is crisp and clean with great depth and length. The wine is a blend of 4 vineyards ( Happy Canyon, Curtis, McGinley and Star Lane.) 45% is a blend of Happy Canyon and Curtis aged in Stainless steel. This gave our wine crispness and citrus notes along with freshness and acid. Another 45% was a combination of McGinley and Star Lane done in stainless steel. This added more concentration and aromatics. The last 10% was from McGinley vineyard aged in neutral barrels and left of the lees. This added richness and body. We had a great time blending this wine and we believe we put together a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/30/2014 | Send Email
You tend to see two main styles of Sauvignon Blanc in California. They are either lighter in style, very dry and crisp with tart citrus notes, or fuller-bodied, with more texture and weight (often due to barrel aging), showing more tropical fruit. The 2013 Margerum "K&L Cuvee" Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc somehow seems to combine the best of both. There is real richness here with exotic melon and mango notes. At the same the wine has a taut, linear style with a marked acidity and an admirable tension unusual in a California Sauvignon Blanc. Really superb, and the perfect wine for those who like having their cake and eating it too.

Staff Image By: Tom Martinez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/16/2014 | Send Email
This wine will be my summer white, while it lasts that is. Great aromatics of citrus and lemon are followed by a fresh clean minerality. This wine is ideal for your summer meals. It won't disappoint.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/27/2014 | Send Email
My favorite K&L Branded wine to date! This is very similar in style to the Margerum Sybarite Sauvignon Blanc that is their house style. The K&L Cuvee is bright, tropical, even a touch floral, with honeysuckle and guava, lots of zippy acidity and tons of flavor! This is the perfect summer wine!!

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2014 | Send Email
With a nose offering up citrus, lemongrass, and honeydew melon, this is a vital, vivacious Sauvignon Blanc. Svelte on the palate, the flavors run to pomelo and melon, while managing just a suggestion of a mineral dimension in the form of powdery talc notes. Should perform yeoman duty as the summer party season commences!

Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2014 | Send Email
This lovely Sauvignon Blanc from Margerum has arrived just in time for the warm weather. Pretty scents of lemon cream, grapefruit, and white flowers fill the glass. Refreshing citrus zest greets on the palate, followed by flavors of lemon meringue and white peach. The acidity is crisp and mouth watering. A big thanks to Margerum for letting us blend this wine from their precious stocks!

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/20/2014 | Send Email
Wow! This wine came out fantastic! We blended this wine back in early February with Doug at the winery. We had 6 lots to taste. We ended up choosing a blend of 3 of the lots. The wine is a great example of what kind of Sauvignon Blanc can be grown in California. While still having a tropical fruit element upfront, the acidity is what keeps this wine together and focused. It is rich, fruity and loaded with citrus on the backend. Although a great wine for summertime sipping, it shows so much complexity and richness, that this wine would even be better paired with food.

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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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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.