My fascination with this regal variety continues with the release of our newest Sauvignon Blanc. Each year we celebrate the holidays by sharing a 10-year vertical of one of our wines with our employee family. In December of 2014, we tasted all of the vintages from 2004 through 2013. This is not the first time I have experienced the delightful aging curve of this wine, but it opened the eyes of many on that occasion.
The combination of techniques used to produce this age-worthy style results in a wine of balance, richness and aromatic complexity. A substantial percentage of Sauvignon Musqué adds floral notes and rich body, complementing the underlying herbal nature of the core grape clone -- Sauvignon Blanc, Shenandoah. Barrel fermentation in French oak, 18 percent new, builds body by facilitating twice-weekly lees stirring for six months and the extraction of a hint of sweet oak.
This vibrant wine greets us with the delicate fragrance of jasmine, honeysuckle and cherry blossoms, along with blood orange and lime zest. Ripe white peach, nectarine, Pink Lady apple and Asian pear add intriguing dimensions. Toasted brioche, hazelnut and hibiscus tea further expand its elegant nature. The palate is a heightened reflection of aroma, bursting with more citrus and stone fruits and showing a bit of the wet-stone minerality that will develop with time. The long, layered finish follows through with just a hint of sweet pink grapefruit.
"Succulent, lush and rich, with fleshy mango, melon and peach flavors up front, leading to a core of pineapple, lemon and honeysuckle notes. The smoky edge and nervy acidity weave in and out, giving this a fresh finish."
MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator Insider, Feb. 17, 2016
"The beautiful 2014 Sauvignon Blanc shows copious quantities of melons, a touch of honeysuckle, crisp, fresh acid and a touch of wet-rock minerality. It is floral, medium-bodied and loaded with fruit, all good characteristics."
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, March 2016
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