2014 Sonoma County Musqué Clone Sauvignon Blanc
California: Sonoma County
The Knights Templar
We have a new winery for our thirsty Operatives, today, the Ultra QPR (and ultra tasty) 2014 Musqué Clone Sauvignon Blanc. This young winery, led by Chris Christiansen, has earned nearly a dozen 90+ point scores since its inception in 2011. This reminds us of other onetime upstarts like Dave Phinney (Prisoner) and Josh Phelps (Taken).
Chris Christiansen has garnered so much respect, so much praise, from the wine press and from wine enthusiasts alike and we are very excited to be sharing today’s special, steal of a deal wine with you today.
Examining the wine by sight, you’ll see a light golden colored wine. It has a beautiful nose that is quite distinct from most other Sauvignon Blanc. This wine features notes of saffron, honeysuckle, with a sur lees quality, and preserved quince fruit notes. The palate is equally interesting and engaging, with fruit flavors of Golden Delicious apple and lemony citrus melding with a buttery creaminess more often found in Chardonnay, yet with a tropical fruit flavor more often found in Sauvignon Blanc. This S.B. has a bigger mouthfeel than most, with a soft and lush mouthfeel that evenly coats the palate, leading to a strong finish. This is a very intriguing wine that calls for an equally interesting meal! This wine would be fantastic with a Vietnamese pork belly and pickled vegetable banh mi sandwich.
Very highly recommended!
Here’s what the wine press has to say.
91 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast - “Crisp, dry and searing in acidity, this 100% varietal wine is complex, showing sour lemon and brine notes, with orange blossom tones weaving their way throughout. A delight on the palate, the wine takes on structured weight toward the finish, making sure to leave an impression.”
90 Points - Wilfred Wong, Wine.com - “The 2014 Bodkin Musque Clone Sauvignon Blanc deftly balances the intense flavors—dried herbs, savory earth, and black olives—with the user-friendly characteristics of the grape—ripe melon and core fruits. Not wanting to be merely a wine for everyone the winery has produced a high acid, food-friendly that will appeal to wine geeks as well as neophytes to wine imbibing. Drinks well now.”
Light golden colored, with partial clarity.
Saffron, honeysuckle, sur lees quality, with preserved quince fruit notes.
Golden Delicious apple, lemony citrus, buttery creaminess, tropical fruit.
Soft and lush mouthfeel that evenly coats the palate leading to a strong finish.
Vietnamese pork belly and pickled vegetable banh mi sandwich.
What the Winery Says
- Chris Christensen
- Musqué Clone Sauvignon Blanc
- Sonoma County