2012 Dog Point "Section 94" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1204964 96 points Bob Campbell

 Oak fermented and oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc with grapefruit, mineral, nut and bran biscuit flavours. Taut and powerful wine with enough concentration and power to handle obvious oak character. Very distinctive wine that has justifiably earned something of a cult following.  (5/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Section 94 captures the nose with pretty peach and apple blossom notes allied to suggestions of cedar, grapefruit peel and dried herbs. With great intensity on the medium-bodied, satin-textured palate, the lively acid holds through a long, mineral finish. (LPB)  (12/2014)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (barrel-fermented): Very pale greenish yellow. Musky, meaty, Old World nose offers lime, pepper and oak scents; a bit reduced. Broad and round for its vintage, offering good intensity to its flavors of lime, fresh herbs and smoky oak. Not particularly deep or high-pitched but smooth and persistent, finishing with a lemony firmness and good salty extract. Excellent for the year.  (9/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Very refreshing, with vibrant jalapeño notes to crisp lemon, lime and grapefruit flavors, offering plenty of green herb accents and a mouthwatering finish.  (6/2014)

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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.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.