2009 Salinia Wine Company "Robinia" Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1095080

Salinia is a fantastic, innovative, tiny producer in the Russian River Valley--they make fewer than 300 cases a year--and this wine is an absolute must-try. Its remarkable texture and depth are quite unlike the generally soft and fruity California Sauvignon Blancs on the market. That's because half of the fruit was fermented on its skins and the other half was fermented whole cluster. The wine was then aged for 30 months in new acacia barrels, which contribute to the wine's texture without imparting oak's familiar vanilla and spice characteristics. The resulting wine has a dark, golden hue and vibrant aromas of white grapefruit and tangerine, mineral, fresh-cut grass and cardamom. In the mouth the wine is full and fresh, with honeyed citrus and pear fruit, minerality and fresh herbs. Quite structured, deep and long, with tart acidity that begs for food. There were only 91 cases of this unique SB produced, and we were lucky enough to get one. Don't miss it.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/11/2012  | Send Email
This is real deal sauvignon blanc, which means that it does show hints of a crunchy green character, the flavors are a bit pungent, and due to the extended skin maceration the color is darker and the flavors a hint funky. That said, this wine has character, it's not boring, and I do enjoy it for that.

 By: Shalese Huang |  Review Date: 3/10/2013 
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For me it's totally litchi, nose and mouth. Not typical sauvignon
Blanc but really really interesting. Perfect balance of acidity and white fruits. Had it with greasy Chinese stir fry and Loved it. Wonder if Kevin will make it again

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.8