Savor Summer

June 2014
Written By: 
James Ginley

Grassy, grapefruity and lemony make Sauvignon Blanc a cool choice

Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Horse Heaven Vineyard, Washington, $13
Earning the number 68 spot on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2013 with a 90 point rating, this wine is bright, juicy, and offers notes of pear, quince and spice flavors that continue through the long finish. Partial stainless steel fermentation gives it a crisp and racy style. 

SeaGlass Sauvignon Blanc
Santa Barbara County, California, $9
Down the coast in California comes a different style of Sauvignon Blanc. Fruit-forward, with tropical and passion fruits mixing together, along with fig and melon characteristics. A note of lemon rind makes it easy to pair with oysters, light salads and mild cheeses.         

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand, $10
Starting with herb notes and dominant gooseberry, citrus and passionfruit flavors, it blends aromas of green apples and lemongrass with lively acidity. Crisp, clean and juicy. Enjoy with shellfish, fish and light chicken dishes.  
Domaine du Haut Morlu Sauvignon Blanc
Touraine, France, $10
A wide fruit profile with herb flavors similar to New Zealand, but with nuances of French influence in its balance and spritely acidity. At just 12 percent, low in alcohol compared to American white wine, it is easy to enjoy with light dishes and seafoods. A lot to offer at a bargain price.   
Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc 2013

Sonoma Valley, California, $14
This is one of my favorite wines and I’ve chosen it for several tastings. Consistent, clean and full of fruit character. It is fermented 2/3 in stainless steel and 1/3 in French oak barrels. Aromas of orange blossom, mango, peach and pear are followed by flavor profiles of grapefruit, plus more peach and pear.