In spite of being properly stored, this seems to have lost much of its freshness and zestiness over the last year; acidity is in steep decline. Still plenty of flavor, but the signature tartness is almost gone. I highly recommend drinking sooner than later, and certainly by the end of 2015.
Better than expected and seemed to be still drinking at peak. Followed over 3 days open with little noticeable change. Very light straw color with average radiance. Grassy and tropical fruit aromas. Medium-big body. Minerality is present but not firm. Acidity balances well with the fruit and gives enough drive to cut through a nice picatta or marsala sauce. I give the palate extra marks for delivering a broad cocktail of papaya, melon, citrus, guava, etc to contemplate without resorting to simple grapefruit peel and tomcat spray. Quite enjoyable and I could see myself giving this a try in future vintages as a house regular. 4+11+17+7 = 89
Saturday Walk Around Tasting at The Gourmet Shop, Columbia, SC 12/13/2014 (The Gourmet Shop, Columbia, SC): Once again you can count on this producer to get it right. Most of the Napa Valley producers make a Sauvignon Blanc, mostly to round out the experience in the tasting room. They are often over priced and under performing, as Napa Valley is far from an ideal place to grow Sauvignon Blanc. This one is really pretty good, good enough to compete in nationwide distribution, and about middle of the road price wise. It is rich and creamy from lots of lees contact, and possibly some partial oak aging. There is plenty of ripe citrus, apple, peach and pear fruit and classy balancing acidity. A small percentage of Semillon gives a nice taste on the roof of the mouth.
Very delicate aromas and flavors of morning-dew grass, melon, white grapefruit, papaya, lime, and Orange Julius. Soft lingering finish balances creamy and tart. Subtle but complex -- pretty classy stuff. Should be a welcome patio companion this summer and next.
This is one of the better under $20 Sauvignon Blanc that I have tasted. A little NZ grassiness in the nose but it is all California on the palate. Grapefruit, green apple and melon. Medium weight and creamy with a tart finish. It wasn't hurt by being a spectacular match for my wife's roasted shrimp and feta entrée.
Very greenish hue in the bottle; lighter bodied in the glass. Aromatic aromas and flavors of passion and tropical fruit, and tart mixed citrus. Crisp and fresh acidity in the mouth. Good slightly tart finish. One of the better CA SB's I've tasted recently and better than many of the 2011 Sancerre's I've had over the last year.
Blind at Paul's: Pale yellow, touch of spritz; light raw green bean, fresh, touch leasy, clean yeast with floral element and white peach; no oak; fresh lemon-lime; hint of lanolin; light body, dry, intense. Guessed '11 Gruner Veltliner. Surprised this was Napa SB! After I did notice a very slight grassiness, which I confused with the green element above.
Very tasty SB - perfect season to be drinking this. The nose and palate had a lot of grapefruit followed by orange peel, pear, little bit of cedar notes. Great mouth feel, acidity and balance. Nice clean finish. I am a fan of this one.