by Fred McMillin
for February 6, 1997
A Grape for the Lake
Prologue: Sauvignon Blanc acreage in Lake County: 1970—14, 1990—608.
The Rest of The Story: As the numbers indicate, California vintners have discovered Sauvignon Blanc loves Lake County. with vineyards over a 1,000 feet higher than most of Napa's, the area's higher daytime temperatures burn off excessive grass-herb flavors. The colder nights preserve the crisp, refreshing grape acids. A perfect example of these effects is the latest Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.. much more melon than herbs... just a tad of vanilla oak. My Scott's panel rated it one of the very best Blancs they've tasted in the last six months.
1995 Vintner's Reserve Sauvignon Blanc; grapes principally from Lake County.
Postscript: Some Lake Lore. Lake County is named after its Clear Lake, California's largest natural lake. Possibly the oldest lake in North America, it was formed about 450,900 years before Kendall-Jackson founder Jess Jackson planted his first vines there in 1974.
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