2015 Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Scented of grass, lemon peel, grapefruit and bell peppers with a waft of green apple skins, the 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is medium-bodied, delivering crisp, clean flavors and a slight yeastiness on the finish. (LPB)
Aromatic and distinctive, with a touch of green papaya and dried pineapple adding a tropical note to the core of citrus and dried chamomile flavors on the finish. Drink now.
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, pomelo, nectarine, yellow guava, lemon thyme and oregano. This bottling is always highly aromatic, rich and structured."