Bottle Notes, Sauvignon Blanc

2009 Spottswoode Sauvignon Blanc – Bottle Notes

Spottswoode is a family owned winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The 46 acre estate, established in 1882, is distinguished by the historic Victorian home depicted on the label. Its entrance is graced by classic formal gardens, while the vineyard stretches behind to the Mayacamas Mountains.

The Spottswoode Estate was bought by Jack and Mary Novak in 1972. The first Cabernet Sauvignon was produced in 1982. Spottswoode also makes an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, a second Cabernet named Lydenhurst and a Rhone blend known as Field Book.

Light straw colored. 14.1% ABV. 52% Napa County and 48% Sonoma County. Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque. Zingy nose of lime zest, citrus fruits and melon. Bright acidity with a racy texture. The palate is all about grapefruit, vanilla, green apples and lemon oil. Lots to like here. Ready to drink.

My rating: 91 points.

The 2013 vintage was released early this year and is just under $40. Available at the winery via the mailing list and quite often at retail.

I blogged about Spottswoode previously in Overlooked Wines from Great Producers.

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