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2010 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. In 1987 Rochioli released their first estate wine, the 1985 Rochioli Pinot Noir. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The winery recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Bright gold in color. 14.5% ABV. From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California. Pretty nose of stone fruits, lemons and freshly cut grass. Medium body with bright acidity. Rich and oily on the palate. Flavors of lemon oil, green apples and pears. Delicious expression of Sauvignon Blanc. Best over the next year or so.

My rating: 91 points.

The current version was approximately $45 off the mailing list. I’ll buy this year after year. Sauvignon Blanc from vines planted in 1959! Rochioli is a treasure.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines do show up at retail periodically, and the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2016 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2014 Grgich Hills Estate Fumé Blanc – Bottle Notes

Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley, was founded in 1977 by Mike Grgich. Grgich earned fame in 1976 when the Chardonnay he produced as winemaker at Chateau Montelena won first prize among white wines at the now famous Paris Wine Tasting. The estate has 366 acres of vineyards in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga and is still best known for its Chardonnays, which consistently earn accolades from wine critics. Grgich also makes Fume Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert wines.

Light straw in color. 14.1% ABV. Green apple, lemongrass and stone fruits on the nose. Dry and crisp with medium acidity. Meyer lemon, peach and mineral on the palate. The finish is long, spicy and mouthwatering. Delicious Fume Blanc and fairly priced at $31 from the winery. Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 91 points.

Grgich Hills is one of Napa’s iconic wineries. One of the few wineries in Napa that has a white program that rivals their red program. Hard to go wrong here. Consider stopping by when you next visit Napa Valley.

This review was based on sample provided by the winery.

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2011 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. In 1987 Rochioli released their first estate wine, the 1985 Rochioli Pinot Noir. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

The winery recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

Light gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Super nose of stone fruits, citrus and slate. Rich and oily on the palate with laser like acidity. Flavors of peach, green apple and minerals. The finish is exceptionally long. One of the best Sauvignon Blancs from Rochioli in recent memory. Drink over the next 1-2 years.

My rating: 92 points.

The current version was $38 off the mailing list.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines do show up at retail periodically, and the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the The 2015 Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2008 Araujo Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Araujo Estate is a 38-acre vineyard in northeast Napa Valley, east of Calistoga. It was established in 1990 when Bart and Daphne Araujo bought the historic vineyard from Milt and Barbara Eisele, who planted the vines in the 1960s. For nearly 40 years the Eisele Vineyard has been known as one of the valley’s great vineyards, consistently producing outstanding wines. The Araujos have completed many renovation projects since they acquired the estate, and have planted many varietals including Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Nevertheless the estate’s signature wine is its highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon.

Light straw in color. 14.3% ABV. Apricots, lime, grapefruit and vanilla on the nose. Medium body with compelling acidity. Rich and creamy on the palate. Exceptional mouth feel. Flavors of peach, lemon and key lime pie. The finish is perfect. Aging beautifully. Drink over the next year or so. Always one of the best Sauvignon Blancs coming out of California.

My rating: 94 points.

Araujo is one of the most prestigious wineries in all of Napa Valley. It does not get much more iconic than Eisele Vineyard. It can be included on a short list with the likes of Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon Vineyard.

The Araujo wines can be obtained via the mailing list, at retail and frequently at auction.

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2010 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains.

The Spottswoode Estate was bought by Jack and Mary Novak in 1972. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982. Spottswoode also makes an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, a second Cabernet named Lydenhurst and a Rhone blend known as Field Book.

Light gold in color. 14.1% ABV. 60% Napa County fruit and 40% Sonoma County fruit. Grapefruit, grass and other citrus fruits on the nose. Rich and racy with zingy acidity. Meyer lemon, pear, minerals and lime on the palate. Crisp and refreshing with a long finish. Always a favorite California Sauvignon Blanc. Drink in the next year or so.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2014 vintage was released this past spring and is readily available. On the pricy side for Sauvignon Blanc yet fairly priced around $38 per bottle.

I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.

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2013 Grgich Hills Estate Fumé Blanc – Bottle Notes

Grgich Hills Estate, in Rutherford, in the Napa Valley, was founded in 1977 by Mike Grgich. Grgich earned fame in 1976 when the Chardonnay he produced as winemaker at Chateau Montelena won first prize among white wines at the now famous Paris Wine Tasting. The estate has 366 acres of vineyards in American Canyon, Carneros, Yountville, Rutherford and Calistoga and is still best known for its Chardonnays, which consistently earn accolades from wine critics. Grgich also makes Fume Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and dessert wines.

Light straw in color. 14.1% ABV. Lemongrass, citrus and minerals on the nose. Very dry and crisp with medium acidity. Lemon, grapefruit, spice and just a hint of vanilla on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Definitely a wine that would compliment something like Thai food. Drink over the next several years.

My rating: 90 points.

$30 at the winery and retail.

Grgich Hills is one of Napa’s iconic wineries. Consider stopping by when you next visit Napa Valley.

This review was based on sample provided by the winery.

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2010 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Rochioli recently published a detailed map of the Estate Vineyard that is required viewing for fans of the winery.

The wine is lightly straw colored. 14.5% ABV. Great nose of peach, lemongrass and grapefruit. Fresh and racy with tangy acidity. Lime, lemon and minerals on the palate. This wine never disappoints. Drink now.

My rating: 90 points.

A portion of the fruit from this wine (42%) is from what is thought to be the oldest planting Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in the state of California. History in a bottle!

Fairly priced at $28 from the winery.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines do show up at retail periodically, and the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

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2009 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains.

The Spottswoode Estate was bought by Jack and Mary Novak in 1972. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982. Spottswoode also makes an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, a second Cabernet named Lydenhurst and a Rhone blend known as Field Book.

Light straw colored. 14.1% ABV. 52% Napa County and 48% Sonoma County. Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque. Zingy nose of lime zest, citrus fruits and melon. Bright acidity with a racy texture. The palate is all about grapefruit, vanilla, green apples and lemon oil. Lots to like here. Ready to drink.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2013 vintage was released early this year and is just under $40. Available at the winery via the mailing list and quite often at retail.

I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.

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2007 Araujo Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Araujo Estate is a 38-acre vineyard in northeast Napa Valley, east of Calistoga. It was established in 1990 when Bart and Daphne Araujo bought the historic vineyard from Milt and Barbara Eisele, who planted the vines in the 1960s. For nearly 40 years the Eisele Vineyard has been known as one of the valley’s great vineyards, consistently producing outstanding wines. The Araujos have completed many renovation projects since they acquired the estate, and have planted many varietals including Petit Verdot, Syrah, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Nevertheless the estate’s signature wine is its highly regarded Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pale gold in color. 14% ABV. Grapefruit, kiwi and fresh cut grass on the nose. Creamy in texture and a touch of acidity. Lemon, lime and more grapefruit on the palate. This bottle was lost in the cellar and aged longer than originally intended. That being said there is a lot to like here on a hot summer night. Clearly ready to drink.

My rating: 90 points.

Araujo is one of the most prestigious wineries in all of Napa Valley. It does not get much more iconic than Eisele Vineyard. It can be included on a short list with the likes of Martha’s Vineyard and To Kalon Vineyard.

The Araujo wines can be obtained via the mailing list, at retail and frequently at auction.

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2009 Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Rochioli is one of the true pioneers in Russian River Valley, with a winemaking history dating back to the the late 1950′s. Although best known for their world class Pinot Noir, Rochioli also produces remarkable Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. I’ve blogged about Rochioli previously in Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings and the Fab 5 of Mailing Lists.

Straw colored and 14.5% ABV. Nose of freshly cut grass, citrus and lemon curd. Tart with tons of acidity. Rich and thick mouthfeel. Grapefruit, pears, melon and spice on the palate. Missing a little bit of the lushness I often associate with a Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc. Drink this summer.

My rating: 89 points.

The ’12 version is available at retail and likely at the winery. Cost will be right around $30.

At present time (and for the foreseeable future) buying from Rochioli via the mailing list is not an option. The Estate wines do show up at retail periodically, and the winery’s Russian River Valley tasting room is still open for public tasting. They may only be pouring a couple of wines, but it’s a great opportunity to buy a bottle for a picnic on their lovely patio and a few more to bring home for the cellar.

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