2013 Bodkin "Musque Clone" Lake County Sauvignon Blanc
**Editors' Choice** The label on this impressively balanced, vital and complete Sauvignon Blanc would have been at home on a medieval knight’s table. The wine is fresh, concentrated and seamlessly melds bright citrus and lightly herbal aromas into a lively grapefruit and crisp apple character that expands on the palate and lingers on the finish.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright straw. Pungent, spice-accented citrus and orchard fruits on the perfumed nose. Offers silky, light-bodied Meyer lemon and green apple flavors that show very good clarity and a bracing kick of candied ginger. Expands nicely on the clinging finish, leaving white pepper and quinine notes behind. I get none of the herbal character that's so common in most unoaked California Sauvignon Blancs, or the Chardonnay-like qualities of most barrel-fermented renditions.
Wine & Spirits
An effusive muscat that radiates aromas of Meyer lemon and lilac, this feels tart, chalky and surprisingly dry on the palate. It’s a picnic wine to improve your mood.
Even within the realm of wine geeks, there are, well...geeks. This sorta different, growing cult success producer with crusader label has rolled the multi-sided dice on Sauvignon Blanc, and mind you, are no wine nerds--the stats for TA on this wine are listed as "perfect," and the RS, "where Mother Nature intended it to be." With this musque clone Sauv Blanc, they've just begun their adventure, and don't mind saying so: "This is the first time that we have made one but are pretty excited about the way it turned out. So excited that we are making it as a special bottling. Don’t think of this wine so much as a fruit bomb our a candy explosion but rather as a textural adventure. Where Sauvignon Blanc can be lean, Musque is structured. Where Sauvignon Blanc is lemon, Musque is more tangerine-lime-grapefruit. Round and robust this 50% neutral barrel, 50% stainless steel fermented wine is unexpectedly rich and creamy on the palate with subdued citrus aromatics tinted with slightly savory tones."