Sauvignon Blanc is the latest grape gaining respect here in Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon is still king and commands the highest price. Many of the top or cult wineries in the valley have added a stand out SB to their portfolio.
What I like about this change is the opportunity to taste site-specific SB’s that due to selective vineyard sites show unique traits and elegance beyond the crisp, refreshing wine we enjoy. I hinted at this in our post about Rudd’s Mt. Veeder Sauvignon Blanc. I also recommend checking out this article published in The Wall Street journal last year about serious SB’s.
This leads to me to the SB we enjoyed this week with dinner.
The wine: SR Tonella Cellars Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc 2014. This wine is unique in that the grapes were sourced from the west bench in Rutherford and that the wine was aged in a combination of neutral French Oak, Acacia, and Stainless steel – resulting in a lovely SB with light aromatics, a round, lush palate, with minerality and acidity on the finish that won’t tire your palate.
The dinner: Vegetable curry served with fresh cheese, lime wedges, and tortilla chips.