As summer zooms by, have you taken the time to sit back and relax with a nice glass of Sauvignon Blanc?
Sauvignon Blanc is a great “white wine alternative” for those of us who just can’t embrace Chardonnay. I love the bright, crispness of Sauvignon Blanc, especially in the summer.
Traditionally considered to be a cool climate wine, warmer spots like California and Washington State are finding great success producing somewhat fuller bodied Sauvignon Blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc is often blended with a bit of Sémillon to help give it structure.
The classic food pairing with this varietal is something from the seafood aisle. However, it also lends itself very well to dishes featuring items from the vegetable aisle. Think pasta or risotto with fresh vegetables and, of course, a mixed veggie salad.
Sauvignon Blanc is at its best served chilled. Sometimes keeping that chill can be a challenge in the summer. Be sure to keep your bottle in an ice bucket at the table or use one of the other products on the market to keep wine from warming up too much.
Alright, now let’s talk specifics. I have some recommendations.
2013 Groth Sauvignon Blanc
Groth is a family owned winery that started in 1981 with the purchase of just over 100 acres right in the heart of Napa Valley.
The Groth Sauvignon Blanc is blended from grapes grown throughout Napa Valley. The winemaker uses some grapes from the warmer locations to bring the right amount of fruit – the classic Sauvignon Flavors of citrus and melon – and some grapes from the cooler locations to bring about just the right level of acidity.
The tasting notes suggest pairing this wine with raw oysters but, since I don’t play that game, we enjoyed it with a nice summer salad topped with grilled shrimp. Perfect!
At around $20 per bottle the Groth Sauvignon Blanc is terrific!
2013 Hall Sauvignon Blanc
The folks at Hall pretty much knock it out of the park every time. That’s why Hall is one of our favorite places to visit in Napa.
The 2013 Hall Sauvignon Blanc was rated a 92 by Wine Enthusiast – and for good reason. Here is what Wine Enthusiast had to say about this delicious $24 bottle of wine:
“Voluptuous and well-developed, this is tingling in acidity with a luscious mouthfeel and flavors of ripe peach, grapefruit and vanilla bean. Complex, the citrus is seasoned with a vibrancy of herb and pepper spice. A delicious wine for fresh oysters or crab cakes.”
Oysters, again? I’ll enjoy mine with the crab cakes, thank you.
2009 Rudd Sauvignon Blanc
This is a wine that you won’t likely find at your local wine store. Rudd only produces about 530 cases of this wine each year so it is hard to get.
We purchased this bottle through Bounty Hunter (talk to our wine scout, Alan – tell him that Mo sent you!) and it has been resting in our cellar for a few years.
At $50 per bottle this would not be your everyday Sauvignon Blanc but for a special treat? Yes, indeed!
As the story goes, Leslie Rudd gave up a bit of his prime Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard block on the side of Mt. Veeder and planted Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes so that he could make his wife’s favorite wine. What a guy, eh?
I can best describe the Rudd as showing all my favorite characteristics of a Sauvignon Blanc but kicked way up. This wine boasts pleasing fruit flavors balanced by great minerality and perfect acidity.
The wine was awarded 93 points by Robert Parker who called it, “A beautifully textured, rich, fresh Sauvignon Blanc”.
Have you discovered a new favorite Sauvignon Blanc this summer?
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