2011 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2011
Appellation: California
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 86
White Wine
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"Juicy, spicy pear and apple flavors have good intensity and floral details. Drink now. 76,800 cases made." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Three practices define Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc. First, we source grapes from cool-climate, primarily coastal areas throughout California, from as far south as Monterey and as far north as Lake County. Second, we deliberately pick some lots of grapes earlier than is conventional, in order to capture their freshness, crisp acidity, and a classic Sauvignon Blanc grassiness. Third, each lot of grapes is vinified separately, through cool fermentation and cold storage in stainless steel, to retain fruit characters. In 2008, we expanded our use of several new yeast strains which can encourage the development of thiols, the passion-fruit aromas and flavors that we love. The dozens of small lots brought in together show a full range of flavors, from ripe tropical fruit to fresh citrus to grassy herbaceousness. After extensive trial blending, the final wine balances the very best of the lots together.

Luscious, deep scents of lemon grass, grapefruit and passion fruit jump from the glass to proudly proclaim this wine’s varietal. A generous, fruit-forward palate shows juicy citrus flavors of lime and tangerine, balanced by bright, crisp acidity. The pleasant finish persists on the palate with great length of flavor. This is an easy-sipping, eminently drinkable wine that doesn’t sacrifice complexity or varietal character in its quest to be flat-out enjoyable. The perfect aperitif, this wine also makes an ideal partner to oysters and nearly any shellfish, as well as salads and light fish and chicken dishes.