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Mudd Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Mudd Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Wine Details
Price: $18.00 per bottle

Description: White flowers, minerals, lime and white grapefruit abound in this crisp, clean, clear Sauvignon Blanc. Created from fruit hand-harvested from Mudd Vineyard (planted in 1975), whole-cluster pressed and fermented in a stainless steel tank (91%) and one lone Slovenian oak Hogshead (9%). This is a dry, light bodied white wine with very attractive flavors of lime, grapefruit, minerals and a light spice. The wine has no discernable oak influence and the aromatics and flavors are long and focused. Production is way down this year due to winter kill on the old vines, but we were blessed with a great vintage and have fashioned a more complex and broader Sauvignon. As always, the wine was bottled by gravity on the very cold day January 28, 2005. Drink this wonderful wine over the next 18 months with goat’s mild cheesed, seviches, shellfish, white-fleshed fish, and most vegetable dishes.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
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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