About This Wine
Do you like Sauvignon Blanc?
That’s a befuddling question, considering there are so many styles of Sauvignon Blanc. New Zealand’s take on the variety, which underscores a pungent gooseberry impression, is far different from the “Fume Blanc” style championed by Robert Mondavi, which emphasized an added layer of flavors through oak barrel aging.
Somewhere between those extremes you’ll find the style embraced by Long Street Winery — a style focused on the aromas and flavors of the grapes. Long Street gains complexity not through barrel aging, but by sourcing grapes from several growing areas in California, then blending them into a very tasty cuvee.
Pour a glass, swirl the wine around, and you’re likely to experience a mild grassy aroma, which is typical of the variety. Once in the mouth, the Long Street Sauvignon Blanc is all about the fruit — refreshing flavors of lemon, grapefruit and lime. It’s a style that is very easy to like.
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:Sweet Pea, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lime and a Hint of Grass
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionshellfish, or lemon chicken.
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