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From the French word sauvage meaning “wild” we get the name of this green-skinned grape. Aptly named, as vines of Sauvignon Blanc would grow ferociously if they were never inhibited by the business end of a pair of pruning shears. The flavors of the wine are just as unruly, ranging from acutely grassy to joyfully tropical. Grapes grown in cooler climates tend to produce more acidic wines with flavors of grass and green bell peppers with limited tropical or floral notes. Warmer climates can intensify the tropical fruit character as long as the grower is careful to not let the grapes over ripen on the vine. Sauvignon Blanc experiences little to no enhancement from ageing in the bottle and is almost always consumed young.
California is the top producer of Sauvignon Blanc in all of North America. Here the wine tends to be more fruit-forward and evoke flavors of citrus and tropical fruit. Another take on the wine was first introduced to California by Rovert Mondavi who began lowering the fruit expression through barrel aging. Both the more classic fruity New World interpretation and Mondavi’s “Fume Blanc” style remain popular as California Sauv Blanc options.
Our California Sauvignon Blanc is decisively fruit-forward with flavors of citrus, peach, and passion fruit. This dry sauv blanc has a light to medium body with no oak character and an alcohol level of 13% by volume.
The VineCo Estate Sauvignon Blanc has one rule: consume young. With no benefits to aging, you should start enjoying this wine as soon as it’s ready. How you enjoy this wine is entirely up to you—it pairs so well with such a wide range of flavors that you can enjoy it with every course of the meal from appetizers to dessert. This versatility may explain why Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular options among the very short list of wines that pair well with sushi.
Sauvignon Blanc, California