- Fiddlehead Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Happy Canyon 2010 Product #27025 (In Stock)
As Kathy Joseph likes to say, it’s easy to make aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Just ferment it cool in all tank and toss in a few enzymes and, poof, you’ve got explosive scents of grass, grapefruit, and more. Getting great texture and length in Sauvignon Blanc requires a LOT more work in both vineyard and winery.
Here, perfectly ripe grapes from Happy Canyon in the warm Santa Ynez Valley come to the winery cool and then ferment in one-third each stainless steel (for freshness), used oak (for texture) and new oak (for smoky accents and body). The result is a delicious wine with California Sauvignon Blanc body and fruit but a Pouilly Fume-like note of smoke and mineral. Delicious all by itself but fascinating with food, where it shows bright and crisp with rich dishes and rich and round with brighter, lighter, foods. As fine a bottle of California Sauvignon Blanc as I know.
"Sexy aromas of lemon curd, poached pear and vanilla, with hints of oak spice and honey adding complexity. Fleshy and smooth in texture but surprisingly dry, with powerful orchard fruit and melon flavors underscored by juicy acidity. Behaves like a blend of white Bordeaux and Pouilly-Fume, finishing with lipsmacking acidity and very good length. This wine could pair up with rich or light foods, or can be enjoyed on its own."International Wine Cellar 91 points
- Melville Syrah Estate Verna's Sta. Rita Hills 2010 Product #26389 (In Stock)
Another terrific vintage for one of the Central Coast's top Syrah wines.
"Longtime winemaker Greg Brewer has done a great job with these new releases. A delicate, finely knit fabric of aromas and flavors floats on the palate in the 2010 Syrah Estate Verna-s. Mint, plums and sweet herbs all meld together in this gracious, impeccable Syrah. The intensely perfumed, feminine finish has a sweet, almost-Pinot like register from the use of 50% whole clusters. Amazingly, in 2010 the harvest stretched into December 1. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018."Wine Advocate 90 points