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1996 Potter Valley Sauvignon Blanc

1996 Potter Valley Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Wine Details

Description: The "Loire Valley" style of Sauvignon Blanc - a very fruity, early maturing wine - has been successfully produced by a number of California wineries. Few winemakers in this country have attempted to produce a "Margaux" style Sauvignon Blanc, i.e., a wine which requires extended bottle development to express Sauvignon Blanc complexity derived from grapes grown on mineral rich, gravely soils. Critical to the success of this type of wine is the availability of grapes whose character goes well beyond simple varietal elements. These essential "extra-vinous" qualities are abundantly present in this wine, which typifies the more serious and classic style of Sauvignon Blanc wines - a new opportunity to discover the nuances which can be achieved with this grape variety. The particular flavors and aromas are reminiscent of gooseberries, lemon grass, quince and smoky white oak. This wine will continue to develop depth and complexity over the next five to seven years.

Varietal Definition
Sauvignon Blanc:
Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California — at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety — and often assumes the moniker ‘Fume Blanc’. This popular synonym, credited to Napa’s Robert Mondavi, derives from the grape’s historic home of Pouilly in France’s Upper Loire Valley, where Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant varietal and goes locally by the name of ‘Blanc Fumé’. When treated with respect and afforded suitable growing conditions, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the wine world’s darlings. Steely, racy acidity, green, gooseberry fruit, asparagus and a grassy, herbaceous character characterize dry wines made from this grape.


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