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Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County

Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County Wine Details

Description: A blend of fruit from select Santa Barbara County vineyards results in a crisp wine with balance and finish. Foley’s winemakers choose to approach the Sauvignon Blanc in a barrique style, believing that barrel aging the wine fits the fruit profile perfectly. The wine was barrel fermented and then barrel aged for eight months in 10% new French oak and 90% seasoned French oak barrels. Barrel aging permits the wine to go through malolactic fermentation, which in turn provides a rich body and also helps bring forward increased tropical fruit flavors. Aromas of orange blossoms, citrus and peach linger in the nose. The body is balanced with a light buttery structure and firm acidity in the finish.

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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