by Fred McMillin
for March 11, 1997
Report from the Fort: A Textbook Sauvignon Blanc
At my Fort Mason (S.F. City College) class, Alpha Williams asked me to describe the flavors the Sauvignon Blanc grape imparts to wine in California. Answer: Hints of herbs, vegetables, and gooseberries. Also, there's more than a hint of grass if the grapes did not see enough warm sunshine. But, a taste is worth a thousand words, so how did I select a bottle for the class to try.. a textbook Sauvignon Blanc? First, what vintage? Make it a 1996, because there's not been time for the grape flavors to be altered by slow oxidation, by long aging in oak, etc. What region? Make it a modestly warm one. We'll avoid the marine-cooled Carneros or Russian River Valley. Instead, we'll go farther inland, say to Lake or Amador county. So here's our choice; it furnishes a fine way to get acquainted uith a fine grape.
1996 Sauvignon Blanc, Amador County
Category: Recommended (for your home wine class)
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