2011 Estate Sauvigon Blanc
California: Napa Valley: Carneros
Today’s 2011 Hartwell Estates Sauvignon Blanc is one of the very finest we have ever tasted. Built in a bolder, more flavorful style than most, today’s Sauv Blanc is packed with fruit and balanced by subtle minerals and savory characteristics.
Ready to enjoy now, this wine actually has the sort of structure to give it additional aging potential. Enjoy now, but be sure to lay a few bottles down for the next two to three years. It should progress beautifully.
Pair this bright, food-friendly wine with stuffed grilled pepper, a darker grilled fish, scampini, ahi or swordfish.
Very highly recommended for any white wine fan.
Skinny legs start slow and then run swiftly down the glass. The wine is crystalline and clear with light golden hues. A fine sliver of faint chartreuse shows at the edges of the wine.
Big and fragrant with cantaloupe rind, mountain forest, high-desert pine, pineapple, gooseberry, grapefruit blossom, subtle kiwi and river rock minerality.
At the front of the palate, viscous and full. Then, a zesty acidity hits at the rear palate giving a slight zing. Flavors of pink grapefruit, melon rind, gooseberry and kiwi take the lead. As the wine warms, flavors of cantaloupe and lemongrass emerge.
Ultra-long, very clean and weighty packed with persistent fruit that lingers across the entire palate.