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We love these wines for their freshness, charm and affordability, and this is easily our best value Sancerre in the store. From soils of clay and chalk in the village of Bue near the Domaine. The Millet keeps you coming back for more. It is vinified entirely in stainless steel to preserve the wonderful citrus and slightly grassy aromatics and gentle mineral finish.
Francois and Jean-Marie Cherrier with father Pierre produce steely and citrus-driven Sancerre from fine parcels of Sauvignon Blanc planted in Sancerre's silex (flint) and chalky soils. Yields are kept low and harvest is done strictly by hand before fermenting in 100% stainless steel. Vibrantly aromatic and mineral-driven, this is quintessential Sancerre. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer)
95 points Bob Campbell: "Deliciously restrained Sauvignon Blanc with mineral, citrus/pink grapefruit, and nutty lees/brioche characters. It has a great almost ethereal texture and plenty of weight and yet boasts tantalising purity. Very sophisticated Sauvignon Blanc with concentration and power. Tasted in a vertical line-up going back to the first vintage in 2004. This vintage earned top rating with 2013 although the earlier vintage is a an overtly fruitier and more accessible style. 2014 is probably a better food wine." (11/2014)93 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green ...Read More »
A bright clean appearance with fresh lime green hues. The bouquet shows pleasing aromas of grapefruit and white peach, with a floral lift. On the palate this medium-bodied, dry wine has a refreshing and moreish character. Mouthwatering acidity is balanced by an elegant, mineral finish. Sourced from a vareity of vineyards throughout Marlborough's various subregions: Wairau, Waihopai, Dillion's Point and Blenheim. An exceptional value in classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc!
We can tell you this much: our Kalinda private label hooks you up with awesome wine at a fraction of what you'd otherwise pay for this exact same wine under its normal label. While we have to remain quiet about the source of this beauty, we can tell you that it sells elsewhere under the winery label at a much higher premium. Get it while it lasts.
Invigorating and fresh, with lemony citrus aromas and flavors accented by delicate white flowers. The palate is full and fresh, with balanced acidity and minerality on the finish. This a style of wine which keeps your palate fresh and alive. Although easy to drink, it has complexity and intrigue up and down the aromatic and palate. You'll be wanting another after the first one has disappeared. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer)
94 points Raymond Chan: "Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on rim. The nose is very elegant and refined with tightly bound and penetrating aromas of gooseberry fruit, white florals and mouthwatering fresh herb and mineral notes. Subtle passionfruit elements unfold with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, elegantly presented flavours of white florals, gooseberries and chalky passionfruit form an intense and concentrated core. The mouthfeel is thirst-quenchingly dry with a fine textural line and beautifully balanced acid laciness lending ...Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Sancerre originates from the calcareous soils around the village of Bué and displays an attractive flinty nose with elegant gooseberry and elderflower aromas. With a fresh taste of gooseberries, cassis, kiwis, and citrus fruits on the palate this is a pure, elegant and well-balanced, very classical Sancerre, with a nice skinny grip in the finish. This is a very precise wine both on nose and palate and a perfect match with any kind of fish and seafood dishes." (10/2014) K&L Notes: One of K&L's very finest buys from France. This is a reserve cuvée, made from M... Read More »
95 points Bob Campbell: "Tight, pure, mineral-laced Sauvignon Blanc with citrus flavours infused with a faintly floral/wild flower character. The net effect is energy and precision. A backbone of steely acidity drives a lingering finish." (1/2015) 92-93 points Raymond Chan: "Bright pale straw colour with slight green hues, light edged. The nose is tightly bound and elegantly presented with fresh, pure, white stonefruit, citrus and herb aromas that unfold white floral and minerally nuances. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features refined white stonefruit and floral flavours along with fresh herbs ...Read More »
88-90 points Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Reynon Blanc, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, shows lovely varietal character with more of an emphasis on texture rather than grassy/green flavors. Citrus and floral notes come forward in an attractive, aromatic white to drink young. There is a lot to like in this expressive Sauvignon Blanc from proprietors Denis et Florence Dubourdieu. Best of all, the Blanc should be a fabulous value. (AG)" (4/2015)
From the winery: "These grapes were selected from vineyards in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley and the neighbouring Awatere Valley. Fast draining, alluvial loams over gravelly subsoils in these valleys provide ideal growing conditions for our Sauvignon Blanc....Aromas: Citrus and tropical fruits backed by characteristic herbaceous notes for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is renowned. Taste: An exuberant wine brimming with juicy acidity and fruit sweetness, providing a balanced flavour profile. The finish is fresh, zesty, and lingering."
Cognizant is a new collaborative project between K&L and some of New Zealand's finest winemakers. "Cognizant" is defined as having an intimate grasp of knowledge through personal experience. This series of wines will pay homage to talented winemakers and their ability to capture the unique "sense of place" or "terroir" within their wines. The first wine being released under the Cognizant label was made by Jason and Anna Flowerday of TWR (Te Whare Ra) winery. The fruit comes from exceptional vineyards in both the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. 25% of the as... Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale yellow. Meyer lemon, white flowers and ginger on the perfumed nose. Dry and on the tart side, offering bitter quince and citrus pith flavors and a hint of white pepper. Closes on a subtle herbal note, with good tingly cut and decent length." (5/2014) Wine Spectator: "Features a fresh, grassy profile, with bright lemon, lime and grapefruit notes. Light and crisp on the finish. (Web-2013)" K&L Notes: Roth Estate is committed to making wines with the truest and best expression of the diverse and idyllic growing conditions in Sonoma County. On the nose, the Roth Sauvignon Blanc displa... Read More »
Honig sources fruit primarily from their sustainably farmed vineyard in Rutherford along with some other nearby vineyards. This blend is 93% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Semillon, with 1% Muscat. Robert Parker offers in reference to the 2012 bottling: "This winery has a long and impressive track record working with Sauvignon Blanc and continues to produce a classic/textbook example of this varietal in Northern California." (11/2013)
Le Blanc de la Graside is sourced from a vineyard 3 miles south of Libourne that is planted with 60-year-old Sauvignon Blanc vines. Grapes are harvested at full maturity and aged in casks to round out a generous profile. Citrus and stone fruit retain a grassy cut with a mineral-driven finish.
Wine Spectator: "Crisp, light-bodied, intense and refreshing, offering a beam of lime-centered citrus flavors that show a touch of grassy green notes, with passion fruit and peppery floral tones on the finish. Drink now." (6/2015)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fermented in stainless steel where is resides for six months, the 2014 No. 3 Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp fresh cooking apple and Conference pear-scented nose. The palate is light and simple, but clean with fresh lime and nettle notes furnishing the straightforward finish. This is a decent weekday quaffer. (NM)" (10/2014) K&L Notes: Hermanuspietersfontein's "No.3 - Bergblokke" or "Mountain Block" tends to produce pure, concentrated, fruit-driven wines presenting fine citrus, gooseberry, kiwi, litchi and melon aromas and flavors. A dash of neutral barrel fermented Se... Read More »
92 points Wine Spectator: "The fleshy peach and nectarine flavors are ripe, juicy and appealing, with fresh fennel, grapefruit zest, jasmine and mineral accents. Generous, supple and refreshing, presenting terrific intensity on the finish. Drink now. (Web-2015)"
95 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Light straw-green; a complex blend with considerable presence and attitude from the first whiff to the conclusion of the long, multi-flavoured and multi-textured palate; a small left field component was wild-fermented in stainless steel barrels. It is the overall intensity of the wine that really grabs attention, engineered by the way the flavours build across the palate."
According to the winery: "In 2014 our main goal with Sauvignon Blanc was simply to make a worthy follow up to its wildly popular predecessor. Given the quality of 2013, not an easy task. The vintage fortunately blessed us with the conditions to do so and we are proud to offer this version. We again worked with the same vineyards in the Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys to craft a medium bodied, brisk, and eminently crowd pleasing wine. Our vineyard sources have vines ranging from 10 to 32 years old and a feature a variety of clonal selections. As in ye... Read More »
95 points Bob Campbell: "A blend of wines made in the four distinctly different Marlborough sub-regions: Awatere Valley, Waihopai, Wairau Valley and Kekerengu. The result is about as true a representation of a regional style that I could imagine. Flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, red capsicum, nectarine and lime plus a suggestion of passion fruit flavours. Classy wine with an ethereal texture and lingering finish. Delivers everything a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc drinker expects ... and more."92 points Wine Spectator: "Smart Buy: Impressive and delicious, evoking the supple, fleshy texture of bi ...Read More »
Husch was founded in Anderson Valley in 1971, and is now run by some of the original Silicon Valley escapees--the family of Hugo Oswald Jr. had been farming pears in Santa Clara Valley and sold their property during the 1970s tech boom! Their Sauvignon Blanc has been a favorite with Husch fans since 1980. The 2014 was hand-picked, block by block over a period of three weeks, to get just the right tones of tropical, citrus and melon fruit, according to the winery's vintage notes: "Beautifully rich and crisp, this wine leaves your palate refreshed."
93 points James Suckling: "An exotic dry white wine with cherry blossom, olive oil, dried herbs, sea salt, wet stones and dried apricots. Bone-dry with persistent acidity. One of the best Sauvignons in Friuli. Drink now." (9/2014)
Wine Enthusiast: "Dry, savory and richly steeped in oak, this SB has the markings of whole-cluster pressing and 3% Sémillon blended in, along with an inviting floral hum on the nose. The taste leans toward peach and grapefruit, zesty and alive." (10/2014) K&L Notes: From the winery: "Our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates give us grapes that result in wines with a lush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbo... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "Made from organically grown, dryfarmed vineyards and fermented entirely in stainless steel, this refreshingly dry and low-alcohol white offers flavors of peach and grapefruit pith around electrified acidity. It tastes fresh, fruity and completely on edge—throw a bottle in your beach bag or picnic basket." (9/2015) K&L Notes: Frog's Leap Sauvignon Blanc is 100% stainless steel fermented from dry-farmed, organically grown vineyards in Rutherford. With a philosophy of minimal intervention in the vineyard and the winery, this Sauvignon Blanc has become a reliably true ex... Read More »
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The biggest cuvée is the 20,100 cases of their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma, which comes from their estate vineyards in Bennett Valley. This is blended with about 5.5% Sauvignon and has almost 22% of the Musqué Clone, which gives the wine more tropical and exotic characteristics. The wine is dry, delicious, and offers up notes of honeyed figs, exotic melons, fresh acids and crisp lemon blossom with a touch or orange skin. It’s quite refreshing, medium-bodied and beautifully fruited. Drink it over the next several years. (RP)" (12/2014)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "The wine balances acidity and full fruitiness. These show in the lively, fresh character as well as the rich apple and pear flavors. The end shows more youthful texture, offering the chance to hold this wine until 2015." (10/2014)
Saint Bris les Vineux is a village with its own appellation, producing the only Sauvignon Blanc-based white Burgundy. It used to be called Sauvignon de Saint Bris, but since they received an official appellation a few years ago, it is now just Saint Bris, AOC. Anne and Arnauld Goisot are not only the proprietors of this domaine, they do most everything. If they are not out in the vineyard, they are receiving the public at their lovely cave, located in the basement of their old stone house in St. Bris les Vineux. This is crisp, refreshing, and delightful ... Read More »
91 points Bob Campbell: "Ripe, succulent Sauvignon Blanc with ginger, guava, passion fruit, honeysuckle and with a subtle toasty/nutty character from partial barrel fermentation. The wine shows a nice combination of fruit purity with a good texture and some complexity." K&L Notes: This refreshing white wine from New Zealand's Waipara Valley has mineral notes, freshly squeezed citrus and stone fruit on the nose. The palate expands with concentrated nectarine flavors and complex characters of yeast and brioche. This is a genuinely dry wine with character and length. The fruit is picked from tw... Read More »
94 points Bob Campbell: "A minor blend of Semillon and a portion that’s been barrel fermented and matured have made their mark on this flavoursome and reasonably full-bodied wine. I noted passion fruit, guava and toast with an influence of roasted nut character. Moderately complex and pleasingly textural wine." (11/2014)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc gives a wonderfully intense nose of fresh grapefruit, mandarin peel and yuzu with nuances of sage, stuck flint and wet pebbles. Light to medium-bodied, it bursts in the mouth with citrus on tropical fruit flavors with just enough herbal an ...Read More »
Fermented in stainless steel, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits fresh lemon and grapefruit aromas on the nose. The acidity is vibrant, with mouthwatering bright flavors of lime zest and pear. This is an easy-drinking, crisp, refreshing white that would be great for starting a meal or a cocktail party.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc opens with lively notes of lemon peel and fresh grapefruit with hints of peaches and cut grass. Medium-bodied with a solid amount of good, clean, zesty fruit in the mouth, it offers a refreshing line of acid and a medium to long finish. (LPB)" (10/2013) Wine Spectator: "Mouthwatering, with tangerine and melon flavors that mingle with the crisp lemon-lime core on a light, tangy body." (7/2014)
Morgan Peterson of Bedrock Wine Company has always been a favorite of the staff here at K&L wines. When he started the Shebang! label, we thought it was a fantastic wine at a great price. The red wine has done very well for us and our customers have been happy with the quality and price over the last seven years. I recently tasted the just-released Cuvee III Sauvignon Blanc and thought we should bring this in as well. As with the red, this wine over-delivers for the price. The wine is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc mostly from 30 year old dry farmed vin... Read More »
Antonio Galloni: "The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Santa Ynez Valley is laced with lemon peel, white flowers, sage and chamomile, all in a crisp, medium-bodied Sauvignon that offers lovely aromatic presence from a bit of the Musque clone, pliant fruit and terrific overall balance. The 2014 was made from an assortment of vineyards and aged in steel, with a touch of oak (5%) for added texture. This is a superb value from Brander. Brander is one of the historic wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley. The estate vineyard is located in Los Olivos, which is generally better suited to Rhône ...Read More »
93 points Bob Campbell: "Creamy textured Sauvignon Blanc with grapefruit, gooseberry, mineral and a seasoning of hazelnut lees flavours. Quite a grassy style but with concentration and some complexity." (10/2014)91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Opening with pronounced capsicum and vegetal notes amid an underlying apple and gooseberry core that is accented by a waft of wet pebbles, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc delights with delicate flavors of pea pods, herbs and green apples plus a real pebbly character coming through in the long finish. (LPB)" (12/2013) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale, green-tinged yellow. Pure aromas of lime oil and peppery h ...Read More »
From the winery: "The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits a vivid varietal characteristic that is rooted in our estate Margarita Vineyard. It is showing vibrant aromas of gooseberry, guava, and grapefruit with a hint of jasmine. A rounded texture offers tropical flavors of pineapple and melon, all seamlessly woven with complementary citrus notes. Suggestions of lime zest and mineral linger on a crisp, focused finish. This Sauvignon Blanc is a fine match for oysters, crab cakes, pan-seared Dover sole, lemon-herb chicken and grilled corn salad."
Decoy is the second label of Duckhorn, one of the most recognizable and important producers of Sauvigon Blanc in Napa Valley. Sourced from Sonoma County, the fruit for Decoy was harvested from eight prime vineyard sources over the entire month of September. The wine was fermented in stainless steel. From the winemaker: "The 2013 growing season delivered a vibrant and aromatic expression of Sauvignon Blanc with lovely layers of mango and papaya, balanced by notes of citrus zest and orange blossom. On the palate, this wine is soft and velvety with flavors ... Read More »
93 points James Suckling: "The nose on this is phenomenal, with intense sliced peaches. Full body and loads of fruit with a long flavorful finish. Drink now." (12/2011)93 points Wine & Spirits: "This grows on a terrace above the north bank of the Isonzo river, where the soils are well-drained gravel and clay. The temperate 2009 vintage created a robust young sauvignon, structured as a grand and age-worthy wine. The texture is supple, carrying pungent fruit scents of pear and nectarine; the finish meshes that fruit with an earthier note. Delicious with veal schnitzel now or after several years in the cellar. ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
It's 84% Sauvignon Blanc with 16% Sémillon, and five percent was barrel-fermented in new French oak and aged five months sur lie. From a vintage that came in early, it's bold and crisp. Look for enticing aromas of grapefruit, summer melon, lemongrass and lime zest with subtle hints of boxwood and Mandarin orange, according to winery release notes.
Quarter Acre is a small project from highly acclaimed winemaker Rod Mcdonald. This tiny range of wines represent small productions for tiny vineyard parcels (hence Quarter Acre) from sites that he thinks have a unique expression of terroir. These are his most "edgy" wines that push the boundaries of non-interventionist winemaking in pursuit of purity and authenticity of place. This Sauvignon Blanc is a lovely illustration of the diversity of styles coming from New Zealand. These grapes were grown at vineyards in Maraekakaho and Tuki Tuki on terraces over... Read More »
One of the best priced NZ Sauv Blancs we have in the store. Made by Seresin Estate, one of Marlborough's leading organic and biodynamic producers. Snappy grapefruit, citrus zest and preserved lemon and a touch of richer more tropical fruit from the excellent 2013 vintage. Nice weight on the palate keeps the racy acid in check and fleshes out the wine. Great seafood wine at a price you can afford to drink any night of the week. A real staple for me to keep around the house. (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L New Zealand Wine Buyer)
Inventory: San Francisco
90 points Wine & Spirits: "A crisp, clean sauvignon with searing acidity, this wine layers citrus notes over green apple and white cranberry flavors. Even so, it’s more subdued in its fruit than many of the wines from Marlborough, more about a tight structure carrying its fruit flavor and extending its length. Pour it with pan-roasted skate." (2/2015) Wine Spectator: "A flinty, crushed rock note forms the core, surrounded by crisp lemon and green apple flavors, accented by a whiff of white pepper and white flowers. Shows good precision and focus, with a surge of acidity on the finish." (10/2014) K&L Notes: 90-92... Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice" Fans of Sancerre will love this complex, lean and lively Sauvignon. The color is a light straw-yellow and aromas recall grapefruit and lime. Flavors of bright, tangy citrus continue on the palate, with a note of white pepper. The snappy balance and lithe texture keeps everything echoing on the finish." (8/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(12.1% alcohol): Light, bright gold. Lively peach, tangerine and floral scents, with a subtle floral nuance emerging with air. Juicy and smooth on entry, then firmer in the mid-palate, offering dry citrus and orchard fruit flav ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
Praise for the winery from Bob Campbell: "Spy Valley Wines is one of Marlborough's leading family owned wine companies. Comprising nine varieties of grapes over 400 acres of estate vineyards, a modern fully integrated winemaking facility and a passion for excellence, Spy Valley consistently produces globally acclaimed award winning wines. Not befitting the world of espionage, the wine has been called "impossible to ignore" and the company among "the planet's 20 most notable new producers."
This Sancerre has a pale yellow color with hints of flashing green. Aromatically, it possesses a nice fruity component of crispy white peaches, melon, yellow plums and the typical presence of place notes of flinty minerals. On the palate, it has a richness and persistence which is nicely balanced with fruit texture, mineral and acidity. The excellent length gets even better as the bottle breathes. If you can get your hands on a round of Crottin de Chavignol, call it a day. Or, try this with pan roasted shellfish with just a touch of butter and a squeeze ... Read More »
Quivira's Sauvignon Blanc is a classically styled Sonoma white that delivers an excellent experience at a refreshingly modest price. Primarily sourced from their biodynamically farmed estate vineyards in Dry Creek Valley; the winery sources some additional grapes from a few neighboring vineyards.
Wine Enthusiast: "Fruity and slightly effervescent, this is a classic California Sauvignon Blanc. Balanced and lingering in crisp melon and tropical fruit, it provides enough creamy texture to go well with food." (2/2015) Wine Spectator: "This crisp white offers a distinctive mineral edge and floral details, set on a light and juicy body, with touches of pear, apple and citrus and a lingering finish." (6/2015) K&L Notes: Quivira's Sauvignon Blanc is a classically styled Sonoma white that delivers an excellent experience at a refreshingly modest price. Primarily sourced from their biodynamically farmed e... Read More »