2014 Dragonette "Grassini Vineyard" Happy Canyon Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1250901 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Always the more exotic, green and lively of the two Sauvignon Blancs, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Grassini Family Vineyard boast a vibrant light gold color to go with white Bordeaux-like notes of lychee, minerals, and honeysuckle. Fresh, elegant and lively, with terrific texture and fruit, drink it anytime over the coming decade or more. This cuvée was fermented in barrel and stainless steel, and spent 16 months in 10% new barrels. Unquestionably one of my favorite estates in Santa Barbara County, Dragonette is run by brothers John and Steve Dragonette, and friend Brandon Sparks-Gillis. (JebDunnuck.com)  (8/2017)

92 points Vinous

 The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Grassini Family Vineyard shows the riper side of Sauvignon in its apricot, chamomile and honeyed nuances. Grassini naturally yields a pretty rich style of Sauvignon, and the drought conditions of 2014 seem to have amplified those qualities. This is in a decidedly generous, forward style, but it works beautifully. The creamy, silky finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. (AG)  (9/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Grassini Family Vineyard opens with honeyed peaches and lemon curd on the nose with wafts of crushed stones and sautéed herbs in the background. The medium-bodied palate possesses a pleasant oiliness, with some dried apricot notes coming through and a toasty finish. Drink 2017 - 2019. (LPB)  (9/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 There's a touch of reductive petrol on the nose of this wine, which is a 50-50 blend between Vogelzang and Grassini vineyards. It also offers lime zest, golden pear flesh and barely ripe peach. A cut-grass element shows on the palate as well as sour lime and Bosc pear peels. (MK)  (12/2015)

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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.

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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Santa Maria/Santa Barbara

- Santa Maria and Santa Ynez make up the two AVAs of Santa Barbara County, an area known for its natural beauty and temperate climate. The best grape-growing areas, however, are located on the very coastal reaches of these two appellations, and are cooled by ever-present fog and ocean breezes (it is even cooler and foggier here than Carneros!). As expected, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive while the more inland zones lay claim to Bordeaux varietals and some Rhône blends.