About This Wine
Sauvignon Blanc is the third most widely planted white winegrape in California.
We know that Chardonnay is No. 1. But it’s surprising to learn that the No. 2 variety is French Colombard, which is used primarily in making those white blends that come in big jugs and are sold primarily in liquor stores.
But being No. 3 isn’t bad, and Cloudcrest Winery does a very nice job with the variety, honoring its varietal characteristics while emphasizing its fruitful quality. A number of California Sauvignon Blanc growers contributed grapes to what became Cloudcrest’s 2010 cuvee.
In the nose, the wine evokes Sauvignon Blanc’s trademark grassiness. In the mouth, the fruit flavors take over. And there’s abundant acidity, which keeps everything fresh and thirst-quenching. Chardonnay may be the undisputed queen of white winegrapes in the Golden State, and a much lesser-known variety may rank No. 2, but Cloudcrest’s Sauvignon Blanc proves that being No. 3 can be delicious.
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:Sauvignon Blanc and Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Grass, Lemon, Lime and a Hint of Pineapple
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestioncrab cakes, grilled shrimp, or scallops.
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