2014 Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The largest Sauvignon Blanc cuvée is the 20,880 cases of the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma. Coming from all the estate vineyards, this wine is partially fermented in neutral oak and has a touch of Semillon and a clone of Sauvignon Blanc (Musqué) added for more flowery and exotic notes. The wine offers up light to medium body and pretty caramelized grapefruit and floral notes along with melons in the mouth. It is dry, crisp, zesty and ideal for drinking over the next several years. (RP)
The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County) is laced with lively citrus and floral notes that are best appreciated over the next few years, while the wine is young. (AG)
The Sauvignon Blanc program at Matanzas Creek may not be new, but it may be producing some of the most exciting wines from the estate. It's an obsession for winemaker Marcia Monahan-Torres, who vinifies dozens of small lots of Sauvignon Blanc in order to hit just the right, delicate notes in the final blend. The wine is aged in 17% neutral oak barrels, rounding out a little of the stainless steel fermented portion's keen edge. The winery's tasting note: "Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc blends a handful of select clones planted across 35 individual blocks at three of the winery’s most important vineyards: Helena Bench, Coyote Hills and Haarstad. Prominent traits include white grapefruit, pumelo, nectarine, yellow guava, lemon thyme and oregano. This bottling is always highly aromatic, rich and structured."