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Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County

Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County Wine Details
Price: $16.00 per bottle

Description: Unique in many ways the Foley Sauvignon Blanc has been enchanting wine lovers for years. Barrel fermented and barrel aged for approximately 8 months the wine is taken through full-malolactic fermentation “en barrique”. The aging process employs all French oak yet each barrel is neutral. Stylistically this vinification process rounds out the mouth and instills a light buttery structure with subtle notes of vanilla and oak. The 2002 vintage Foley Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County is sourced primarily from Foley’s estate, Alamo Pintado Vineyard. Planted thirty years ago, the Alamo Pintado Vineyard has matured into a fantastic fruit source yielding truly remarkable grapes and making this a crisp, clean and expressive wine. Extremely reminiscent of the 1999 vintage, aromas of melon, fig and soft tropical fruits mingle with mineral tones and notes of sweet pea and tea in the nose.

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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