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2015 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1338320 92 points Wine & Spirits

 This wine’s leesy richness gives weight and body to its fresh golden delicious apple and pear flavors. The scent is bright and minerally—it smells like seashells and tastes salty, a complex wine that ferments and ages in French oak barrels but gives very little impression of them. Time in oak encourages the wine’s richness while freshness gives it the drive for grilled lobster.  (10/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 From the producer's grand estate atop Spring Mountain, this is a memorable white, exuberant in apple, stone fruit and lemon peel, with a tease of guava. The acidity is integrated well and complementary to its contoured texture and hint of minerality. (VB)  (11/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Distinctive, with spice, honeysuckle, toast and hay notes adding a sense of richness to the lemon meringue and melon flavors, set on a supple body. A fresh jolt of acidity lingers on the finish. Drink now. (MW, Web Only-2018)

K&L Notes

From the winery: "We used two clones of Sauvignon Blanc, one of which, the Musque clone, is most noted for its floral qualities. To add to the richness and complexity of our estate white wine, we have planted a few acres of Semillon and a few vines of Muscadelle du Bordelais next to the Sauvignon Blanc and also trained to vertical gobelet on the meter spacing. The wines stay on the lees until the next vintage approaches. In the late summer the wines are carefully racked from the barrel and assembled for bottling. Our objective is to bottle the wine without filtration if we feel safe regarding microbial stability. Because we make the wines in a natural fashion the wines have natural flora of wine microorganisms. If we see Brettanomyces, malolactic bacteria or other such natural wine flora in a larger than normal population, we may choose to conduct a gentle pad filtration. Our overall objective is to make the wine as simply as possible so as not to detract from the wonderful qualities that come into the wine from the Fig Tree vineyard block. We want the subtle terrain of this unique vineyard to remain in the aroma and flavor for the life of the wine."

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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.