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Bliss Family Vineyards

Bliss Family Vineyards
2016 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14
Best Buy

Bliss Family Vineyards
2016 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of banana and rice cake, lemon sauce, and parsley with a round, racy, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish revealing nuances of lemon zest, Italian sweet herbs, brine, and dill with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A Sauvignon Blanc with outstanding salinity for easy pairings.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Non-Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: banana and rice cake, lemon sauce, and parsley
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of lemon zest, Italian sweet herbs, brine, and dill
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Seafood Lasagna, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A Sauvignon Blanc with outstanding salinity for easy pairings.

The Producer

Brutocao Cellars

The Producer
1400 Hwy 175
Hopland, CA 95449
USA
1 707-744-1066

Their Portfolio

86 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Rosé Estate Bottled, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
91 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
87 Bliss Family Vineyards 2014 Estate Bottled, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
86 Bliss Family Vineyards Blissful Red, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Merlot, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $.00.
91 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $.00.
85 Bliss Family Vineyards 2016 Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
90 Bliss Family Vineyards 2017 Estate Bottled, Pinot Noir, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
88 Bliss Family Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $15.00.
94 Brutocao 2015 Estate Bottled Hopland Ranches, Chardonnay, Mendocino 14.3% (USA) $18.00.
90 Brutocao 2016 Estate Bottled Feliz Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
88 Brutocao 2013 Estate Bottled Quadriga Hopland Ranches Red Blend, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
88 Brutocao 2013 Estate Bottled Bliss Vineyard, Zinfandel, Mendocino 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
88 Brutocao 2014 Torrent Hopland Ranches Red Wine, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $.00.
89 Brutocao 2014 Contento Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino 14.5% (USA) $.00.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.