2016 Spottswoode Napa-Sonoma Counties Sauvignon Blanc

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Known for their estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Spottswoode makes a fine Sauvignon of the Blanc variety, as well.

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Staff Image By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/23/2018 | Send Email
Texturous and alive, this sauv blanc will make you a believer in white wine from these regions. Production-wise, the wine goes through the whole gamut: stainless steel, cement egg, neutral oak, and a touch of new oak. Refreshing, the flavors burst with guava, pineapples, and a touch of lemon zest/grassiness.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2017 | Send Email
When it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, there has to be crisp, refreshing aciding and the 2016 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc is loaded with it. This Sauvignon Blanc has it all; high-toned aromatics of white floral, guava and lemon with an elegant glycerol palate, full of waxy resinous notes and carmalized fruit on the finish. The intensity, focus and precision are what make this Sauvignon Blanc a serious contender for cellaring adding another notch to Spottswoode’s lasting legacy.

Staff Image By: Anthony Gittings | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2017 | Send Email
Spottswoode first started making wine in 1982 and have been practicing organic farming since 1985. Their latest Sauvignon Blanc offering might be the best domestic Sauvignon Blanc I have tried this year. Three-quarters of the fruit underwent whole-cluster pressing and was aged in 54% French oak barrels, 41% stainless steel tanks, and 5% concrete eggs. The wine is packed with lemony freshness, with notes of honey and orange peel. The acid is perfectly integrated and harmoniously plays with the rich mouthfeel. The finish is long and lingers on the palate.

Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2017 | Send Email
Bordeaux like complexity in a California Sauvignon. Spottswoode’s Sauvignon Blanc is a superbly balanced, enough textural richness to make Californian’s feel comfortable but then the wine segues into bits of lime, delicate hints of jalapeno, and fig. This is a really delicious example of how using oak in aging California white wine should be!
Drink from 2017 to 2020

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/26/2017 | Send Email
Made with fruit sourced from Farina Vineyard in Glen Ellen, Spottswoode Estate in St. Helena, and some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley, this 2016 offering of Sauvignon Blanc is sure to make your summer brighter. With lively acid and a rich palate, the Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc exhibits flavors of ripe white peach and lemon peel, with just enough grassy freshness. Pressed from four distinct clones, including the distinct Musqué clone, known for its perfumed aromatics, this wine is gloriously nuanced and complex.

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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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Napa Valley

- America's most famous wine region, which encompasses a varied geographical territory running about 20 miles long from the San Francisco Bay northward to the foot of Mount St. Helena. Napa's great diversity, both in terms of climate and terroir, has led to the creation of a number of smaller AVAs like Stags Leap District, Rutherford, Howell Mountain, Oakville and Mount Veeder, among others. Cabernet and chardonnay still reign supreme, but just about everything under the sun is grown in Napa Valley, in quality levels ranging from $2 jug wine to $500 a bottle California cab.