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Brutocao

Brutocao
2016 Estate Bottled Feliz Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$16
Best Buy

Brutocao
2016 Estate Bottled Feliz Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: 0.5%
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of dried grapefruit zest, sweet herbs, and pea shoots with a silky, lively, dryish light body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long honeyed starfruit, herb coated roasted nuts, grapefruit pavlova, and flint finish with well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An unassuming nose leads to a bright and zingy palate that begs for summer dinners.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: dried grapefruit zest, sweet herbs, and pea shoots
Taste Flavor: honeyed starfruit, herb coated roasted nuts, grapefruit pavlova, and flint
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Chicken with Mango-Papaya Relish, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An unassuming nose leads to a bright and zingy palate that begs for summer dinners.

The Producer

Brutocao Cellars

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

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.