2010 Morlet "La Proportion Dorée" Sonoma County White Blend

SKU #1154792 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Proportion Doree (Semillon/Sauvignon) is striking. It possesses more minerality, verve and backbone. Orange peel, tangerine, mint and sweet spices are some of the nuances that flow from this beautifully delineated white. This is a gorgeous white wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022. (AG)  (2/2012)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale, bright gold. Captivating, sauvignon-dominated aromas of juniper berry, oyster shell and honeysuckle, plus a light fusel quality. Very ripe and honeyed; in fact, almost chardonnay-like in its richness and texture. But still quite primary today, combining the phenolic qualities of semillon with the acid zest from the sauvignon blanc. Finishes broad, lush and very dry, with excellent subtle length. Morlet suggests pairing this wine with foie gras or sea urchin. (ST)  (5/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Smoky, toasty and broad, offering smooth citrus, pear and apple flavors, soft acidity and a minerally finish. Shows good balance among the elements. Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. (MW, Web-2013)

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- A rich, viscous, full-flavored but subtly-scented and botrytis-prone white grape, Sémillon reaches magical heights when infected with "noble rot" and combined with even small amounts of the aromatic and high-acid Sauvignon Blanc to make Sauternes, one of the world's most revered and longest-lived wines, and in the sweet wines of surrounding regions like Barsac. Sémillon's most famous incarnation is in the wines of Château d'Yquem, one of the world's most expensive wines, and one that has been known to evolve for centuries. It frequently dominates, but not by much, in the oak-aged whites of Bordeaux's Graves and Pessac-Léognan, creating honeyed and viscous wines that are unlike any others. Elsewhere in Bordeaux and around France it takes on a supporting role in the wines of Entre-Deux-Mers and the Médoc. While planted throughout France, Europe, California and Washington, Sémillon's role as underling usually keeps it out of the spotlight with a few winery-specific exceptions. However, the grape is allowed to shine in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it is used to make an elegant dry wine often called, perplexingly, Hunter Valley Riesling. It also makes some incredible dry, oaked wines from the Barossa and lovely stickies in the style of Sauternes.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).