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Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc

Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc Wine Details
Price: $19.00 per bottle

Description: The 2005 Dutcher Crossing Sauvignon Blanc characterizes the great grassy and floral Dry Creek Valley Sauvignon Blanc, blended for richness and length. The Preston Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc component (80%) was both stainless and French barrel fermented, but without allowing malolactic fermentation. Semillon (10%) from a twenty year old vineyard was fermented in neutral barrels and contributes a rich texture to the palate. The addition of stainless fermented Viognier (8%) and Rousanne (2%) lend a complexity to Sauvignon Blanc’s natural floral signature. A complete wine that finishes with satisfying length.

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.
The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The "Rhône Rangers" in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.


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