Matanzas Creek Winery

2012 Helena Bench Knights Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc •Helena Bench

Knights Valley

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Mission Briefing


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Today’s Matanzas Creek Winery 2012 Helena Bench Knights Valley Sauvignon Blanc was awarded 90 points by Antonio Galloni. If you’re anything like our Agent Red, after one taste you’ll start wondering if 90 points was high enough!

This fantastic Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and lively, with plenty of fresh white fruit and citrus notes combined with a savory, layered complexity that takes this wine to another level entirely. The fruit is 100% sourced from the volcanic soil of the Helena Bench Vineyard, which, combined with the exceptional 2012 growing season, allowed the grapes to develop and ripen to absolute perfection.

Enjoy today’s delightful wine with our boldest recommendation.

Tasting Profile


A super pale, almost perfectly translucent straw yellow throughout the glass.


A lovely blend of sweet fruit and savory notes, with lime zest, guava, and white peach rounded out by fresh oyster shells, fennel, thyme, and slate minerality.


Bright and refreshing, with fresh nectarine, lime, and honeydew mingling with fennel leaves, lavender, and subtle herbal tones rounding out the palate.


Well rounded and absolutely delicious, with a soft texture and lively acidity. The citrus notes slowly fade until a touch of slate minerality remains at the edge of the palate.


Perfectly paired with fresh Tamales Bay oysters, eaten on the half shell.

What the Winery Says

White melon and white nectarine peel mingle with intriguing saline notes and white slate, with fennel leaves, spearmint, lime zest and white lily filling out the background. The mouthfeel is both broad and lifted, with a supple texture framed by vivacious acidity.

We employed several selections of Sauvignon Blanc yeast to transform aromatic precursors into intense aromatics such as grapefruit and fresh passion fruit. The wine was primarily fermented in stainless steel tanks at cold temperatures. One third was fermented in neutral oak barrels, which were stirred monthly. A touch of Semillon (1%) was added at blending.

Marcia Monahan
90 Points - Antonio Galloni
Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
Helena Bench
Fruit Variety
99% Sauvignon Blanc (55% Clone 1, 40% Clone Musqué, 5% Clone 376), 1% Sémillon 315

About the Winery

Naturally defined by the three mountain peaks that envelop it, Bennett Valley’s pre-prohibition viticultural roots were once all but forgotten. It wasn’t until 1977, with the founding of Matanzas Creek Winery, that the area’s winemaking potential was once again unearthed. Matanzas Creek didn’t just breathe new life into the area, it helped revolutionize the entire industry and, in the process, put Bennett Valley back on the map. Now, over thirty years after the release of its first vintage, Matanzas Creek stands at the forefront of California viticulture. Each day yields new and exciting discoveries, and the winery’s future is as bright as its universally celebrated past.

Winemaker Marcia Torres-Forno

Marcia Monahan grew up in Chile, where she began her winemaking career in 1995 at Viña Cousiño Macul in Santiago. She then joined Viña Canepa, also located in Santiago, as assistant winemaker.

In 1996, Marcia came to the U.S. as part of the Communicating for Agricultural and Exchange Program. Her first winemaking job in California was as an enologist at Cardinale Winery in Napa Valley, and this was followed by assistant winemaker positions for Kendall-Jackson Winery in both Sonoma and Napa counties. Marcia was named winemaker for Pelton House in Knights Valley, Sonoma County, in 2006.

In 2010, Marcia became the winemaker for Matanzas Creek Winery. She is known as a proponent of sustainable agriculture and organic viticultural practices.

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