Last Friday night Renee grilled a beautiful fillet of Copper River Salmon (’tis the short season!). I opened one of her favorite French white Bordeaux (Graves), a perfectly aging 2013 Clos Floridene (56% Sauvignon Blanc, 43% Semillon, 1% Muscadelle). I actually decanted it and served it to her blind, and was so pleased when she first identified it as a “5 or 6 year old Graves”! Kudos to Renee!
Anyway, earlier in the week I had an appointment with Anthem Winery from Mt Veeder in Napa Valley. One of the highlights (and there were many!) was a limited production 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from a miniscule half acre block of Carsi Ranch Vineyard that straddles both the Yountville and Oak Knoll AVAs. A riper Napa style, as to be expected, but a very much Graves-like blend of 76.3% Sauvignon Blanc and 23.7% Semillon that sees 100% French oak (30% new) for 10 months. Alcohol is 14.7%. Extremely nuanced with aromas of citrus, fig leaf, even some hints of ginger spice and lemongrass, the wine is dry, full and expansive with an exquisite creamy supple texture on the palate. Flavors are a melange of different citrus fruit, but for all of its richness, balance is achieved from buoyant supporting acidity. Just in time for refreshment relief from all the hot weather!!!
Wine Spectator has just reviewed at 92 points (which is really quite high for California Sauvignon Blanc) – “Smooth and rich, with notes of lemon curd and meringue, spice and lanolin complementing the creamy core of candied citrus flavors. The smooth texture is vibrant, showing mouthwatering acidity that imparts freshness and focus. Floral and beeswax accents linger on the finish. Drink now. 280 cases made. $55″ – June 15, 2019.