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K&L Exclusive Bottling from a "Winemaker of the Year" Producer - 03/03/2017 - Sauvignon Blanc (domestic)

For our most recent release of Kalinda Sauvignon Blanc we partnered with a winemaker whose identity must remain shrouded in mystery, but what we can tell you is that he once earned the title of “Winemaker Of The Year” from Robert Parker. Based on this alone you can know this is not your everyday, run-of-the-mill Sauvignon Blanc but an expertly crafted effort that was tailor-made to appeal to a wide audience. For those who love an easy-going, versatile white this is a glorious find. For a wine of this caliber you could expect to pay double to triple the price, but coming in under our own private label we are able to pass exceptional savings along to you.

Going in we knew we wanted to create a wine that was light and refreshing, but not at the expense of richness and complexity. Thankfully everything came into line and we ended up with a bottling that hits all of its marks perfectly. The nose while at first pass seems a tad demure soon opens with wonderful fragrances of white flowers, wet stone, and yellow fruits. These are echoed beautifully on the palate which also reveals developed notes of lime, lemongrass, and a hint of gooseberry. These flavors continue to evolve in the glass and are later joined touches of exotic spice. Priced under $18 this is a great wine to sip on its own, but don’t think this is a one note wonder as the palate is broad, rich commanding your attention from start to finish. We couldn’t be more thrilled with this 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and expect it to be a huge success. Go ahead and grab a case or two, you’ll be glad you did.

2016 Kalinda North Coast Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Kalinda North Coast Reserve Sauvignon Blanc ($17.99)

For decades now, our Kalinda private label has been providing K&L customers with awesome wines at a fraction of what they'd normally pay under the producers' mainstay labels. That being said, no producer wants their wines on the market for less than what they'd usually sell for, so the trade-off is anonymity. While we have to remain quiet about the source of this beauty, we can tell you that wine from this prestigious producer sells elsewhere under the winery label at a much higher premium. Our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc release was produced in Napa, but the fruit was grown in three of California's various North Coast regions. The result is a stunning summertime sipper loaded with fresh stone fruit and enticing acidity. Our longtime K&L experts think it's the best version of the wine yet made. See if you agree!

Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: May 20, 2017

I am in total agreement with Clydes review of this amazing, killer SB. After being here at K&L for over thirty years, I have seen a ton of excellent SBs that were produced for us come and go, and I dont think any of them would come close to the wonderful aromatics and flavors of this one. In the nose, you will be treated to a distinctive, opulent set of aromas of honeydew melon, lime zest, Chilean Jasmine, and ripe apricots, all of which carries over brilliantly to a bright, perfectly balanced, voluptuous, yet clean and crisp set of refreshing flavors that leads to a mouthwatering, rich, long finish. If you were to serve this Gem to me blindly, my first reaction would have been a great, single vineyard Sancerre from a great vintage and from a great producer. The Bean is absolutely in love with this Gem and has ordered me, in no uncertain terms, to bring home cases of this great SB for our consumption for the next three to five years. A K&L Wine Merchants' exclusive. SUPER VALUE!!!***** 12.9% ABV *****

Jordan Stone | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

When I am not working in the customer service department, I want to be at home enjoying our refreshing new Kalinda Sauvignon Blanc. It's clean and delicious and it makes me want to spend the entire day by the pool!

Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

The K&L owners started our house brand Kalinda in the mid-1980s so there have been at least 35 Kalinda Sav Blancs since then with many great successes from top notch estates. This new release may be my all-time favorite. Super clean and shining SB with striking aromatics of light apricot, lime and white flowers. Fresh, crisp and delicious; a fantastic warm weather sipper! Buy it early and heavy.

Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

This refreshing Sauvignon Blanc opens up with delicate aromas of " Duchess of Angouleme" pear and citrusy undertones, which immediately reminds me of Sancerre. On the palate it's clean, fresh and has lovely mineral touch. Light but full of charm and has wonderful bright acidity.

Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

This will definitely be my go-to summer sipper this year! Fresh peaches, bright citrus, pineapple and subtle spice come together in this Sauv Blanc and it's simply delicious. With high quality fruit coming from fantastic vineyards throughout the North Coast, you can't go wrong with this bottle.

David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

I've tasted a lot of Kalinda wines over the years (there have been many memorable vintages), but I've never been personally more excited to drink this year's North Coast sauv blanc. While the wine was produced in Napa (and some of the fruit hails from there), over 50% of the crop is from Lake County where it didn't get nearly as hot, so the wine is fresh, crisp, and clean on the palate. Rather than the grassy notes of New Zealand, the minerality of Sancerre, or the richness of white Bordeaux, the Kalinda brings something uniquely Californian to the mix: a perfect palate of fresh stonefruit. This nose is bursting with nectarines. Everything about it makes me yearn for summer and the warm months ahead. There's a ripeness of fruit, but there's plenty of acidity and the wine finishes clean and dry. My colleague Ralph Sands and I were trying this together in the tasting bar, looking at one another in delight, and envisioning Giants baseball on a Sunday afternoon with a few bottles of this in the ice bucket. This is a home run for our Kalinda label.

Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

Great Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the California North Coast and made by a high caliber, well known Napa producer. The fruit is rich and poised, with lemon, melon, tangerine and gooseberry flavors, a refreshing acid zip and great balance. This can be used either an elegant poolside sipper or the perfect accompaniment to a seafood feast but at this price youll probably want to grab a case to keep on hand this summer.

Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: March 01, 2017

This wine has pretty stone fruit and a slight herbaceousness on the nose. It's light and crisp and perfect for a warn sunny day. Nothing is overdone in this Sauvignon Blanc, it is balanced and the slightly tart acid keeps you wanting more.

Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: February 15, 2017

I give this a perfect score and it is the best Sauvignon Blanc we have made so far. And that goes back to the first one 1984 from Boeger (still holding great color). This wine was made by a very famous winemaker from a very famous winery in the Napa Valley. Hint- Mr Parker scored this winemaker as "winemaker of the year" a few years ago. And that is winemaker of the year for the whole world as we know it.Perfumey, floral aromas mixed with citrus nuances. Rich and lively on the palate-great zest and verve. Some spice, some lime and a very toasty character. Summer is approaching but this will do well served with a chicken dish.