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Esser Vineyards

Esser Vineyards
2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$8.99
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'2014 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $10 and Under'

Esser Vineyards
2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Emerald golden straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of lemon head candy and lemon blossoms with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful medium-length finish with earthy tannins and light oak. Easy nicely balanced summer wine.
Tasting Info
Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: lemon head candy and lemon blossoms
Taste Flavor: warming, delightful medium-length
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Seafood Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Easy nicely balanced summer wine.
The Producer

Appellation Ventures, LLC

The Producer
5570 Skylane Blvd, Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
USA
1 916-594-7199
Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Glass White.jpg
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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