Introducing: Sauvignon Blanc
We all know that Sonoma-Cutrer is famous for its Chardonnay, but … Sauvignon Blanc? How did Chardonnay’s little sister find its way into the winery’s award winning portfolio? The answer lies in Sonoma-Cutrer’s innovative Winemaker’s Release series.
This limited-release, small production series gives the winemakers a unique opportunity to experiment, be it with process or, in this case, a new varietal. The third wine to be introduced in the Winemaker’s Release series, Sonoma-Cutrer’s classic California Sauvignon Blanc is distinctly Russian River Valley.
Winemaking Director Mick Schroeter is no stranger to Sauvignon Blanc. With years of experience at a winery that specialized in the varietal under his belt, Mick recognized that the Russian River Valley’s cool climate would provide excellent conditions for producing Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Fruit was selected from four distinct vineyards chosen for their terroir.
Shone Farm’s volcanic soils lend the wine citrus flavors and minerality, while Mirabelle Vineyard contributes lime and lychee characters and a tightly framed palate. From Wood Vineyard come guava, tropical notes and a creamy palate. Finally, fruit from the cool, foggy Bevill Family Vineyard enhances the wine with the distinct flavors and aromas of passion fruit while providing the blend with an elegant balance.
The goal was to bring together the unique characteristics of each of the four vineyards in a complementary way. The result? A bright and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc that took home a gold medal at the first competition it entered: The Critics Challenge International.
Featuring exotic tropical flavors and a bright, crisp acidity, the elegant wine is well suited as an aperitif before dinner or, better yet, with a plate of freshly shucked oysters. It also makes an excellent pairing for summer salads made with fruits and vegetables featuring a bit of acidity, such as tomatoes or mandarins.
Will Sonoma-Cutrer’s first foray into Sauvignon Blanc be its last? While there are no plans to produce another Sauvignon Blanc, only time will tell. For now, don’t miss the opportunity to uncork a bottle of this unique offering that’s perfectly suited for summertime.