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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)
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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)
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 »
Wine Spectator: "Distinctively floral, with peppery floral notes and plenty of peach and lemony flavors. Despite the intensity, this remains light-footed, showing a refreshing acidity that weaves in and out. Drink now." (10/2015) K&L Notes: 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 v... Read More »
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)
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 »
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 »
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 »
Inventory: Redwood City
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 »
One of K&L's very finest buys from France. This is a reserve cuvée, made from Millet's chalkiest limestone soils. There is a long maceration at very low temperatures to extract as much flavor and character as possible. The resulting wine is intensely charged with stone fruit and minerality, with bright citrus notes. However, due to the amazingly warm vintage, it's quite soft, with layers of rich fruit.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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)" K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Pale straw colour with a green hue. Lovely aromas of citrus blossom, lime, jasmine and the faintest hint of fresh honey. Subtle flavours of fresh lime and grapefruit are balanced with a fine chalky texture that is reminiscent of the stones and limestone within the vineyard. Finishes dry, fresh and long. ... 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)
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)
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."
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)
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 Semillon is added to balance the Sauv Blanc's overt nature and enhance palate texture. This is a super refreshing wine with lots of juicy fruit and zesty acidity. 2014 is another outstanding vintage. HPF is the creation of master of Sauvignon Blanc winemaker Bartho Eksteen. Bartho is known in South Africa as: "the Sultan o... 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."
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)
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."
Antonio Galloni: "Green-tinged yellow. Tightly wound citrus fruit and floral aromas unfold slowly picking up a hint of candied ginger. Taut and linear on the palate, offering bitter lemon and lime zest and pear skin flavors, plus a touch of anise. Closes on a tangy note, with good lift and citrus bite. Most of the Ancient Peaks wines are priced for a large target audience at what are very low tariffs for the region, but the rest are solidly at the high end, with not much in between. All of the wines, which are made by Mike Sinor (Sinor-LaVallee), have been solid in recent ...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 »
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 James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Hand-picked, free-run juice, some wild ferment to add texture, which you meet in the entrance lobby before going through to the dining room with guava, passionfruit and sliced lemon piled on platters yea high. Having had your fill, leaving through the lobby brings forth a savoury farewell." (3/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "The Adelaide Hills is recognised as one of Australia’s finest Sauvignon Blanc growing regions: the altitude, soils and weather patterns seem to draw the best from this variety and in 2014, I was lucky enough to take... Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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)
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."
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)
According to the winery: "Crisp and refreshing, typical of NZ Sauvignon that is world famous ... We are a boutique vineyard just five minutes from the Village of Havelock North in Hawke's Bay Wine Country ... All our wines are Estate Grown and the fruit is hand picked. Our elevated north facing site on the lower slopes of the Te Mata hills is not only an excellent location for grape growing it also provides us with stunning views, a warm sheltered micro-climate and a perfect situation for the visitor to spend an hour or two, a night or two or even a week... Read More »
91 points Bob Campbell: "Quite a weighty Sauvignon Blanc with apple, grapefruit, nectarine and currant bud flavours. Richly textured with pleasantly peppery tannins." (12/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Annabel Sauvignon Blanc has invigorating grapefruit, mandarin peel and lemon zest scents with a hint of wild thyme. Medium-bodied, it bursts in the mouth with zingy, citrus flavors and gives plenty of thirst-satisfying length. (LPB)" (12/2014) Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Pale lemon-yellow. Pungent aromas of orange zest and ripe pineapple. Juicy, sappy and intense, with citrus and spice flavors. Turns a bit leaner toward the bac ...Read More »
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 »
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 »
Bob Campbell: "Light Sauvignon Blanc in a reasonably grassy style with capsicum, lemon grass and toasty, savoury flavours. Still reasonably fresh but showing nice integration after a little bottle age. Good value at this price" (11/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "This Hawkes Bay wine seems to be trying to out-Marlborough Marlborough. Scents of crushed tomato leaves are aggressively green, while the acids are crisp, to say the least. That said, it comfortably rides the border between pleasure and pain, ending with notes of razor-like lime juice and soothing, dusty chalk." (7/2014)
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.
Decoy is a label of Napa Valley's Duckhorn Vineyards, which has been making Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc since 1982. More recently, they've begun sourcing Sauvignon Blanc from neighboring Sonoma County, where the grape thrives in slightly cooler climes. The winery's tasting note: "This inviting wine combines bright citrus aromas with richer layers of kiwi and honeysuckle. On the palate, a perfectly balanced mouthfeel underscores pure flavors of Key lime, orange zest and Honeycrisp apple, all of which carry through to a long and lively finish."
Ghost Block Morgaen Lee Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is made in the French Sur Lie fashion. This allows the wine to have a rich texture while retaining the crisp and mouth-watering qualities that only Sauvignon Blanc can offer. This Sauvignon Blanc has a brilliant light straw color. The bright and silky sur lie aged wine opens with aromas of ripe stone fruit and honeydew melon. The juicy, yet elegant palate shows overtones of yellow peaches with a firm citrus backbone, then some very subtle and expanding hints of clove and vanilla. The finish is refreshi... Read More »
From the winery: "Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a multifaceted wine that combines the best elements of our four estate vineyards. It has a light straw yellow color and an enticing nose of kaffir lime, pear, Elderberry, crystalized ginger and wet slate. The full palate is highlighted by a sweet attack which is deftly balanced by fresh, vibrant acidity and a purity of fruit. This layered, complex, well-knit wine has an extremely long finish with echoes of citrus, stone fruit and minerality."
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.