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Esser Vineyards

Esser Vineyards
2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
85 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$10.99

Esser Vineyards
2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Silvery straw color. Aromas of white grapefruit, yellow apple, and sweet grass with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a straw, melon and cream accented finish. Good varietal character.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: white grapefruit, yellow apple, and sweet grass
Taste Flavor: straw, melon and cream
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Good varietal character.
The Producer

Appellation Ventures, LLC

The Producer
PO Box 278780
Sacramento, CA 95827
USA
1 916-594-7199
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.
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