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Esser Vineyards

Esser Vineyards
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .62%
86 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11.99
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Esser Vineyards
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .62%
Pale straw color. Aromas of passionfruit, pickled radish, green pepper, parchment, and vidalia onion with a satiny, lively, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-length celery leaf, honeycomb, pressed flowers, and fresh herbs finish with no oak flavor. An herbal and juicy sauvignon blanc; pair with summer dinners.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Crisp & Lively, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: passionfruit, pickled radish, green pepper, parchment, and vidalia onion
Taste Flavor: celery leaf, honeycomb, pressed flowers, and fresh herbs
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Fish With Mango Salsa, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An herbal and juicy sauvignon blanc; pair with summer dinners.

The Producer

Appellation Ventures, LLC

The Producer
5570 Skylane Blvd, Suite C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
USA
1 916-912-9559

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.