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2017 Quivira "Alder Grove" Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1431449 93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A complex note of dried honeysuckle and a whiff of smoke add intrigue and depth to the succulent peach, melon, and mango flavors. *#31 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2019* Inner quote mark

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Alder Grove is scented of gooseberry, kiwi, cut grass and yellow peach with touches of slate and white flowers. Light to medium-bodied, it has a nicely rounded texture with zesty acidity and a long, flavorful finish. (EB) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

K&L Notes

**#31 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2019** Quivira, in many respects, is that quiet winery that consistently makes truly elegant, pure wines; focused primarily on the stewardship of their land while ignoring what's in vogue. They have a long history of utilizing holistic farming techniques based on Biodynamic principles; cultivating bio-diversity and self-sustainability. Like the vineyards of Graves, the source of much-celebrated Bordeaux Blanc, and the model for this wine, the vines are planted in gravely soil along the bank of Dry Creek. White Grapefruit, Key Lime, and a more subtle lemon meringue character all vie for attention. Subtle, yet classic, varietal grassiness emerges along with nuances of vanilla, woodsy spice, and creamy yeastiness. The palate is round and smooth, with viscosity counterpointed by refreshing, totally natural acidity. There is a seamless quality to this wine, where proportion and balance just flow from beginning to end. 88% Sauvignon Blanc & 12% Semillon

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2019 | Send Email
I have always liked the wines from Quivira, especially their Sauvignon Blancs. I am very happy to finally be introduced to this bottling this is the next level to their wines but not at the next level price. It is ripe yet restrained. It is medium full-bodied with depth, complexity, and presence. It is refreshing and crisp but not tart. This wine is perfect company. It is easy if you need it to be but if you want more there is plenty to it.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
I’ve made my opinions known in the past that with the exception of a few key producers, Napa Sauvignon Blanc is not really my thing. I think the quality and value in places like Sonoma and Santa Ynez trump Sauvignon Blanc from the Napa Valley nearly every time. Case and point: Quivira from Dry Creek. Explosively aromatic, there’s plenty of bright Meyer lemon, classic grassy notes, and it just hints at Bordeaux blanc character. Bright and citrusy on the palate, this is lean, zippy, and angular. Complex, there’s plenty to explore here--it keeps you coming back to the glass again and again.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine shows more herbaceous notes than I’ve seen in a California SVB in some time, I look on that as a positive. Lots of white flower mixed with herbal hints accent the medium full palate that shows lots of texture but is brightened by a good acidity. The finish accents the herbaceous notes again but then segues into a bit of figgy richness. A good balance and freshness a very good wine.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2019 | Send Email
The two years I spent working and living in Sonoma County, I got to explore a lot of fun little wine AVAs of the area. On my days off, me and my buddies would go out tasting, and one of my favorite areas to explore was Dry Creek Valley. It was there, where I discovered Quivira winery, and had a very fond memory visiting there. So when I saw that we now carry this wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, I couldn't help but squee with delight. Tasting this, I picked up notes of grapefruit, citrus, and some slight grassiness, I couldn't but feel like I was transported back to Sonoma, enjoying this with my friends. This is a perfect wine for the upcoming Indian summer us Angelenos are all anticipating.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2019 | Send Email
The single-vineyard Alder Grove Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite offerings from Quivira. The wine is partially barrel fermented and aged in a mix of small and large French oak barrels, of which 15% is new. The remaining wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. When blended together, the result is a rather complex wine with gorgeous aromatics, a luxurious mouthfeel, with a refreshing lift of acidity. White flowers, lemon zest, lime, and Thai basil rise from the glass. The wine is refreshing on the palate with that tell-tale body of the Musque clone. There’s just a touch of green grassiness here but it’s merely seasoning on this fruit driven, mineral inflected wine. Rightfully so, this is one of the top-rated California Sauvignons in a field of wines twice the price.

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