Was given this bottle as a gift and wanted to write up a note given my love of this property and fond memories of visiting this place often over the last few years: The folks at Cakebread on Sauv Blanc have really come full circle...I remember drinking this wine many years ago and it was 100% stainless steel, super acid, stone fruit and grapefruit, kiwi - great summer wine and something to really warm up the palate with ... I loved it for what it was. Straightforward and easy to drink. I had not returned to this bottle (no good reason just exploring some other things in the meantime), and was very surprised with the new approach. The recent iteration of this sauv blanc is stainless steel, kissed w/ a good deal of toasted oak. I think it's interesting that they've gone in this direction and I wonder if it's the vineyard responding to market trends, their costumers needs/requests or just innovating on an old classic style. Either way, I am pleased to see some folks embrace sauv blanc w/ a little toasted oak on occasion but this one borders on being just a touch over the top. Alcohol was nearly 14.5% and it didn't have the markings of what I'd traditionally expect from sauv blanc, even one with some barrel on it. That said, different and interesting. My fiancé notes that it bordered on a secondary fermented chardonnay and that was hard to disagree with. This wine has a time and a place. If you are used to traditional NZ style sauv blanc or Sancerre, stay away from this wine but if you want something that is a little richer, butterscotch toasted marshmallow and stone fruit, this might be in your wheelhouse. Either way, I'd pair this wine with food if you do open it, it's too rich on it's own. Interesting to see a style of wine change so dramatically in the course of 5-6 years. I'll be curious to see how they are manipulating sauv blanc in another 5.
Cork looked wet on the top but wine seemed to be ok. Enjoyed with assorted meats and cheeses over the course of the evening. Plenty of citrus, some bitter, grass and mineral notes, without being too heavy. Drink now.
Un vin qui a trompé mon palais ligérien, et que j’ai placé en première position de la dernière vague. Un vin frais, sur le silex et les arômes métalliques, d’une rondeur surprenante, avec une finale légèrement amère.
Goldberg m'avait enligné sur le Pessac et je dois dire que ça me faisait effectivement penser à du blanc bordelais. Légèrement boisé avec quelques notes vanillées. Très mur, avec une amertume très présente et un peu d'alcool, mais tout ça sans excès. Pas mon style de SB préféré, mais on doit reconnaître que c'est bien fait.
Pale straw color. Very clear at the rim. Pear, citrus, lime and lemon peel. The finish is lively with very high yet balanced acidity. Refreshing finish to say the least displaying some surprising body. A nice and uniquely structured Sauvignon Blanc.