2015 Brander Los Olivos District Sauvignon Gris

SKU #1281775 92 points Vinous

 Another totally unique wine, the 2015 Sauvignon Gris is made from clonal material sourced from Bordeaux's Domaine de Chevalier. Super classy and polished, the Sauvignon Gris speaks to finish above all else. Veins of brilliant acidity give green orchard fruit, sage, mineral and flower notes an extra kick of brilliance. The long, persistent finish only adds to the wine's considerable appeal. This is a gorgeous set of new releases from Fred Brander. The 2015 whites show just how compelling a vintage this is. Although I am generally not a fan of wineries making many small-lot bottlings, there is no denying these white are all distinctive. The Cabernets are also solid and will give readers who are not familiar with Los Olivos a good idea of the style of the area. On that subject, Brander was the driving force behind the newly approved Los Olivos District AVA. Best of all, for most of these wines, pricing remains exceedingly fair. (AG)  (6/2016)

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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.