2008 The Novelist White Blend
The Lost Art
Sell out alert: Today’s 92 Point, Best of Class wine is very limited and will not last the day. Please make your purchase soon to avoid disappointment.
It is a true delight to find a white wine that has aged so well. Producing such a white wine is a lost art for many wineries, but Cosentino has perfected it with today’s 2008 Cosentino Winery Meritage, The Novelist.
The delightful brightness that comes from the Sauvignon Blanc is balanced by the wonderful complexity of the Sémillon. The Sémillon contributes delicious floral and savory notes in the wine.
Very few white wines are built for aging. Wineries often opt to produce ‘ready to drink’ wines that can be enjoyed soon after bottling. When a white is crafted to age, it is something quite special, indeed.
Light golden yellow with glinting highlights at the edges.
Very clean and very fresh with lovely notes of honeysuckle, lime leaf, lemon cucumber and green apple presenting up front. Underneath these, toasty vanilla and just a hint of fresh ginger add complexity.
Lime flower, lime, citrus peel, young white raspberry, honeysuckle and green apple give way to cantaloupe, limestone and a hint of caramel.
Bright fruit gradually gives way to caramel and dusky oak. At the very end, subtle flavors of ginger ale and anise emerge.
A big salad with fresh fig, spinach, walnuts and soft goat cheese would be an amazing pairing.
What the Winery Says
2008 Cosentino Winery - The Novelist White Meritage Blend
- Tasting Notes
- Fresh lemon blossom, honeydew melon and quince raise the curtain on this aromatic wine. Youthful and bright tangerine citrus flavors are well-balanced by the palate’s somewhat creamy notes and elegant minerality. Honey, tangerine and lemon peel meld in the zesty and expansive finish.
- Wine Type
- Bottle Size
- Vineyard/Special Designation
- Napa Valley (65%), Lodi (25%), Lake County (10%)
- Meritage Varietal
- 77% Sauvignon Blanc and 23% Semillon
- Alcohol content
- French oak
- Release Date
- Winemaker Notes
- Fermentation and maturation was divided among oak upright tanks (30%), stainless steel tanks (20%) and French oak barrels (50%).
- Case Production
- 2012 California State Fair - 92 points and “Best of Class”
About the Winery
When Cosentino Winery was built in 1990, it was our intention to grow a world class estate Merlot that could not only stand on its own, but one that would have enough depth and character to become a key element in Cosentino’s popular Meritage blends such as “The Poet”.
Our Estate Merlot is grown on 3.5 acres directly behind the Winery and is well regarded as some of the most renowned Merlot produced in Napa Valley. Although the majority of our Estate grown Merlot is harvested and often blended into Cosentino’s most popular Meritage wines, it has historically been produced in limited amounts as “The Estate Merlot”. The Cosentino Estate Merlot is a very rare release and will only be harvested when the conditions for the year are absolutely perfect.
Since 1997 only five vintages have been released: 1997, 1999, 2001, 2001 and the last vintage, 2005, was released to Wine Club in 2009.
Winemaker Marty Petersen
Marty comes from a family with a rich farming history. In 1904, his great-grandfather, Carl Peterson, made his way by ferry to Lodi, an agricultural community at the mouth of the Sacramento River Delta, 60 miles east of San Francisco, where he founded the family ranch.
For more than a century, the Peterson family has farmed 100 acres in the Lodi region, now planted to fine wine grape varietals, as well as Bing cherries. The fourth generation of growers from the family property, Marty grew up in a community of farmers who shared a similar commitment to the land. The childhood friends and family relationships forged over many years are still firmly in place, giving him an insider’s insight—and connections— into this important, emerging winegrowing region.
Marty received his Bachelor of Sciences in Enology from Fresno State University in 2002, giving him expertise on the cellar side and refining his natural farming knowledge. He joined Vintage Wine Estates in 2011 as winemaker for Viansa Sonoma; in May of 2015 he was then appointed winemaker at Cosentino Winery, where he draws on his deep roots in the Lodi region, as well as his knowledge of the Napa and Sonoma appellations, to create uniquely expressive wines of balance and complexity.