About This Wine
Which is better — a 100% varietal wine, or a blend of several varietals?
Well, “best” is a subjective imprimatur, but given our experience with countless types and styles of wine from all over the world, we’d say that the answer depends in large part on the variety involved.
Take Chardonnay, as an example. We’ve long felt that 100% varietal renditions of this variety shine brightest. Cabernet Sauvignon, on the other hand, can benefit from the addition of Merlot or other varieties to soften its tannins and make it more accessible at a younger age. And when it comes to Sauvignon Blanc, we also believe that a little bit of Semillon in the blend can transform a good wine into a great wine.
The Rock Gate vintner agrees, and followed the traditional “recipe” embraced in the Graves district of France’s Bordeaux region — using a dollop of Semillon to add richness to the cuvee’s mouthfeel. We think he made exactly the right call.
About Sauvignon Blanc
Notable "grassy" aroma, often with notes of apple and citrus fruits. High acidity. Can amaze as a late harvest wine, with rich and complex flavors.
- Grape Composition:92% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Semillon & 1% Other Whites
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Pineapple, Tropical Fruits, Lemongrass and Lime
- When to Drink:Now Through 2010
- Food Pairing Suggestionshrimp in a garlic sauce, or crab cakes.