Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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photoSpottswoode is one of my personal favourite wineries in Napa Valley. Their Cabernet Sauvignon is a stunning, elegant, and profound example of Napa Cab, old school style. But it is expensive. For something a little more affordable (though not cheap), their Sauvignon Blanc is the place to go. It also happens to be one of, if not the best, Sauvignon Blancs in California. Though it’s secret might be the fact it is actually a blend between Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque (66/34% in the 2012). Musque is a Bordelais clone of Sauvignon Blanc.

The 2012 vintage (new to BC) of this wine is singing right now. What I love about this wine is it brings all the acidity and aromatics of great Sauvignon Blanc popping out of the glass, but it avoids the pyrazines (vegetal and green bell pepper aromas) and brutal cat piss aromas of the worst. The Napa/Sonoma climate and Spottswoode’s fermentation techniques also provide a textural richness to the wine that you won’t find elsewhere and that I find to be a distinct and delicious trademark of Spottswoode’s style. The wine is fermented in stainless, french oak and concrete eggs in, astoundingly, 100 individual fermentations. It is a blend of estate fruit along with purchased fruit from carefully managed vineyards in Sonoma, Carneros, Napa and Knight’s Valley. It’s the work of a master.

$50 at Marquis Wine Cellars and Kits Wine


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