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Professional Ratings: 87 Wine Spectator
Region: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Item no. 1824
Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the Alderbrook vineyards surrounding the winery, and Semillon from the well-known vineyards of Richard Rued were blended to create this unusually rich, intense, and full bodied Sauvignon Blanc. The 1998 growing season was unusual. A warm spring with early bud break followed by a very warm summer brought a big crop to near maturity by the end of August. Then, cool weather set in allowing additional flavor development while retaining high acidity. Bright kiwi, melon, and herb with notes of citrus blend beautifully and with great elegance. Rich flavors of fig and vanilla lead into a refreshing and lengthy finish of grapefruit and flint.