Mario Bazan Cellars
2011 Mario Bazán Sauvignon Blanc
California: Napa Valley
All that is Golden
Today’s 2011 Mario Bazán Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful follow-on to their previous vintage SB. Once again the wine exhibits plenty of character, but with a much more soft and luxurious feel, this time around. In fact, this is one of the most tender Sauvignon Blancs we have tasted. And, for all its softness, this wine does not lose its crisp and refreshing edge.
Pair this wonderful, budget-friendly wine with hard cheeses, seafood, pasta Alfredo or with your upcoming Holiday meals. This refreshing white wine will please all of your party guests, so be sure to have plenty on hand.
Lovely straw yellow, with perfectly even color, from edge to heart. After swirling, tall, skinny, viscous legs fall slowly down the glass.
Fresh lemon, lemon zest and soft lime. Freshly dried hay, subtle white spice, pineapple and zesty sweetwood follow as the wine warms.
Bright and very flavorful, with loads of creamy lemon curd, white peach, pineapple and yellow grapefruit. Lemongrass, tart young pear, pluot and sweetwood follow.
Super long, with plenty of long-sustaining fruit that slowly yields from sweet to tart. After a few long moments, the wine spreads a white mineral dryness across the whole palate.
What the Winery Says
The 2011 Mario Bazán Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is an explosion of lemongrass, grapefruit, flinty, and mineral aromas, followed by apple blossom, fig, and pear notes. A juicy entry with taste of nectarine, and lime, is supported by a vibrant acidity with a touch of creamy texture. It has a long finish of mineral, grapefruit, and honeysuckle flavors.
About the Winery
The roots of Mario Bazán Cellars go back to 1973 when Mario immigrated to the Napa Valley from his native Oaxaca, Mexico. When Mario arrived in the Napa Valley, he was immediately charmed by its beauty and energized by the vigorous wine growing atmosphere he observed. He continued to hone his skills over the next four decades as he advanced step-by-step from a general laborer to grape grower. Today, Mario has his own estate vineyard and highly regarded vineyard management company farming several hundred acres throughout Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Mario envisioned going beyond the vineyard to share in the experience of producing exceptional wines from properties under his management. The high standards Mario sets for himself and his workers in the vineyard are shared by his wife Gloria in the winery and reflected in the production of each wine in the portfolio. Their winemaking venture is a natural progression in bringing Mario’s life’s work from the ground to the table.
Winemaker David DeSante
David DeSante joined the team in April 2013 as the Consulting Enologist, bringing with him almost twenty years of winemaking and viticultural experience. Growing up in Erie, Pennsylvania, David decided at the age of ten he wanted to be a winemaker. Much later, after he and his wife Katharine relocated to California, David entered UC Davis and in 1996 earned an MS in Food Science and Technology with an emphasis in Enology and Viticulture.
After graduation David went to work at Robert Mondavi Winery in their viticulture research department and then on to West Australia for additional experience. He then returned to Napa Valley to hone his winemaking skills at S. Anderson with both their very successful sparkling wine program as well as the critically acclaimed Richard Chambers Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon project. David’s winemaking philosophy led him to also consult for other wineries both in winemaking and viticulture.
David is the perfect fit for Mario Bazán Cellars because of his passion for winemaking that is only matched by his commitment to viticulture and the vineyard. His multi-faceted skills combined with Mario’s expertise in the vineyard create a strong union to bring the finest wines to the table.