Redwood Hill

2017 Hopkins River Ranch Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc •Hopkins River Ranch

California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley

Offer Expired:Nov 05, 2019 at 11:59 pm
$30.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

The Phoenix

To this date, there were only a couple of wineries we could think of that were in a league of their own when it came to world-class Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River Valley, namely Rochioli and Merry Edwards. We now think it’s safe to add one more to that very short list, Redwood Hill! In fact, this left us wondering when a California Sauvignon Blanc this pure and intense had last crossed our palates? You’ll be asking the same, however, do make sure that you won’t also be asking yourself why you did not buy more, it’s THAT good. Spies are not the savviest in math here but it sure does not take a genius to compute that a $30 Russian River single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc at $14.99 is a crazy good deal.

Pale white gold, with iridescent shades of green and hay straws waving in the summer sun. Copiously aromatic whiffs of candied grapefruit, honeyed lemongrass, and ripe cantaloupe define the borderline exotic and musky nose. An explosion of citrus fruits, wildflowers, and liquid rocks overlay awesome purity and precision on the electric palate. It carries the buildup through with fantastic length, zesty acidity providing vivaciousness and incredibly fresh delineation. Gorgeous on all accounts for sipping alone, this rocket beam of a Sauvignon Blanc would truly sing with prosciutto-wrapped melon or virtually any seafood. The food-friendliness versatility factor is through the roof here.

The winemaking genius behind this stunner is none other than our good friend Randall Watkins of Watkins Family Winery. His resume is overflowing with some of California’s best-known wineries, like Buena Vista Winery, Laurel Glen, and Hartford Family Winery in Sonoma County, Carmen Vineyards in Chile, along with S. Anderson and Bugay Vineyards in Napa Valley. Redwood Hill was an ambitious new project he wholeheartedly took on, which was sadly lost to Sonoma County’s 2017 wildfire catastrophe. What rose from the ashes is impeccably made wine, as somber reminders that when true passion and joy are found in wine as in life, they should be pursued and seized to the fullest.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Pale white gold, with iridescent shades of green and hay straws waving in the summer sun.

Smell:

Copiously aromatic whiffs of candied grapefruit, honeyed lemongrass, and ripe cantaloupe.

Taste:

An explosion of citrus, wildflower and liquid rock overlaying awesome purity and precision.

Finish:

Fantastic length, with zesty acidity providing vivaciousness and incredibly fresh delineation.

Pairing:

Gorgeous on all accounts for sipping alone, this would sing with prosciutto-wrapped melon.

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Randall Watkins
Vintage
2017
Varietal
100% organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Alcohol
13.5%
Brix
22.0
Harvest dates
September 2-4, 2017
TA
7.0 g/L
pH
3.27
Aging
7 months
Vessels
90% stainless steel, 10% neutral oak
Bottling date
March 22, 2018
Production
250 cases

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Nov 05, 2019 at 11:59 pm
$30.00
Avg. Price
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