Full Review

Trailhead

Trailhead
2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
81 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$19.95

Trailhead
2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of fallen apple skin and wet grass with an soft, dry light body and a peculiar, fleeting finish with no oak. A crushable, if atypical Sauv Blanc for easy drinking with friends.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: fallen apple skin and wet grass
Taste Flavor: fallen apple skin and wet grass
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Shrimp, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A crushable, if atypical Sauv Blanc for easy drinking with friends.

The Producer

Purple Wine & Spirits Co.

The Producer
9119 Graton Rd
Graton, CA 95444
USA
1 707-829-6228

Their Portfolio

89 Arius 2014 Pinot Noir, Edna Valley 14% (USA) $25.95.
85 Arius 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $18.99.
87 Arius 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $17.99.
91 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $54.95.
94 Athenaeum 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
87 Athenaeum 2015 Merlot, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $39.95.
90 Avalon 2013 "CAB", Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
87 Avalon 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $19.99.
88 Avalon 2014 "CHARD", Chardonnay, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
93 Avalon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County 14% (USA) $19.99.
92 Avalon 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County 14% (USA) $19.99.
86 Avalon 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Avalon 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
88 Avalon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
84 Avalon 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
90 BEX 2014 Riesling, Nahe 10% (Germany) $11.99.
86 Cabpothesis 2013 Old Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
89 Cabpothesis 2015 Old Vine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi 13.8% (USA) $18.95.
89 Calista 2012 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $25.00.
90 Calista 2013 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, California 14.5% (USA) $24.99.
84 Calista 2016 The Coast Range, Pinot Noir, Mendocino County-Monterey County-Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $20.00.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Coastal Oak 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
82 Coastal Oak 2012 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Cryptic 2012 Red Wine, California 13.9% (USA) $14.99.
87 Donovan-Parke 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
84 Donovan-Parke 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Donovan-Parke 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.0% (USA) $14.99.
86 Donovan-Parke 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
91 Donovan-Parke 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
89 Donovan-Parke 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.08% (USA) $15.95.
85 Donovan-Parke 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Donovan-Parke 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.99.
87 Donovan-Parke 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $15.99.
86 Donovan-Parke 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
86 Donovan-Parke 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
87 Donovan-Parke 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
84 Donovan-Parke 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.0% (USA) $15.95.
85 Donovan-Parke 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $15.95.
89 Dusk to Dawn 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $29.95.
89 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $29.95.
85 Dusk to Dawn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $24.95.
90 Dusk to Dawn 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 11% (USA) $23.99.
85 Flint & Steel 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $14.99.
84 Four Vines 2012 "Truant", Zinfandel, California 13.9% (USA) $11.99.
88 Four Vines 2012 "Biker", Zinfandel, Paso Robles 14.8% (USA) $19.99.
84 Four Vines 2013 "Naked", Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 13.9% (USA) $11.99.
84 Graton Cellars 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
85 Graton Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Graton Cellars 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Graton Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Kumbaya 2013 Red Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $11.99.
84 Lucky Star 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Lucky Star 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Lucky Star 2012 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
87 Lucky Star 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
85 Lucky Star 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
88 Lucky Star 2014 Petite Sirah, California 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
89 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Lucky Star 2016 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
86 Lucky Star 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Lucky Star 2017 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Main & Geary 2014 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $12.95.
87 Main & Geary 2013 Petite Sirah, California 14% (USA) $17.99.
88 Main & Geary 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
89 Main & Geary 2012 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 14.8% (USA) $17.99.
83 Main & Geary 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.2% (USA) $14.95.
92 Main & Geary 2014 Rosé, Pinot Noir, California 11.5% (USA) $19.95.
81 Main & Geary 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $14.95.
86 Main & Geary 2017 Rose, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 11% (USA) $19.99.
89 Main & Geary 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast 14% (USA) $19.95.
85 Main & Geary 2016 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $18.95.
89 Main & Geary 2016 Petite Sirah, Lodi 14% (USA) $17.95.
83 Main & Geary 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 12% (USA) $14.95.
86 Main & Geary 2016 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 14% (USA) $19.95.
86 Marc Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $10.99.
85 Marc Cellars 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Marc Cellars 2013 Pinot Grigio, California 13.0% (USA) $8.99.
81 Marc Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marc Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Marc Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
87 Marc Cellars 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.99.
87 Marlo 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marlo 2012 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
90 Marlo 2012 Merlot, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 Marlo 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Marlo 2012 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
91 Moral Compass 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $19.95.
87 Moral Compass 2016 Red Wine Blend, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $19.95.
83 Pico & Vine 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $14.99.
89 Pico & Vine 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
88 Pico & Vine 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
85 Pico & Vine 2013 Meritage, Napa County 14% (USA) $16.99.
81 Pico & Vine 2014 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $14.99.
87 Pico & Vine 2014 Meritage, Napa County 14.5% (USA) $17.99.
88 Pico & Vine 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast 13.8% (USA) $17.99.
91 Raeburn 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $19.99.
89 Raeburn 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $16.95.
91 Raeburn 2016 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.5% (USA) $24.99.
85 Rampage 2012 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $11.99.
84 Rampage 2012 Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
83 Randall Monroe 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 Randall Monroe 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Randall Monroe 2012 Zinfandel, California 14% (USA) $8.99.
86 Randall Monroe 2015 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 Randall Monroe 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
92 Scattered Peaks 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14.5% (USA) $40.00.
88 Secret Cellars 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
92 Secret Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
85 Secret Cellars 2014 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $11.99.
91 Secret Cellars 2014 Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands 13.5% (USA) $13.99.
86 Secret Cellars 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $13.99.
88 Secret Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $14.99.
90 Secret Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, Monterey County 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Secret Cellars 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $14.99.
85 Secret Cellars 2017 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
85 Shiloh Road 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County 14% (USA) $17.99.
84 Shiloh Road 2013 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $16.99.
91 Shiloh Road 2013 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $19.99.
91 Shiloh Road 2014 Pinot Noir, Sonoma County 13.8% (USA) $19.95.
87 StonD 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 14.5% (USA) $14.99.
87 The Ringleader 2013 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 The Ringleader 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $8.99.
84 The Ringleader 2012 Red Wine Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $8.99.
91 The Weasel and the Cork 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $29.95.
87 The Weasel and the Cork 2016 Red Blend, Alexander Valley 14% (USA) $29.95.
84 Trailhead 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $14.95.
87 Trailhead 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 14% (USA) $35.95.
81 Trailhead 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.95.
83 Twirl 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $12.95.
88 Twirl 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
84 Twirl 2012 Red Wine Blend, California 13.8% (USA) $12.99.
85 Twirl 2014 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $12.99.
84 Twirl 2015 Moscato, California 11% (USA) $13.95.
86 Twirl 2016 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $13.95.
86 Twirl 2017 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $13.95.
81 Twirl 2017 Pinot Grigio, California 13% (USA) $13.95.
83 Twirl 2017 , Moscato, California 10% (USA) $13.95.
89 Twirl NV Sangria, California 10.5% (USA) $13.95.
84 Viva La Fruita NV Fruit Wine 10% (USA) $12.95.
89 Viva La Fruita NV La Fruta Sangria, California 10.3% (USA) $15.95.
91 Zynthesis 2013 Old VIne, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $16.99.
85 Zynthesis 2015 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Lodi 14% (USA) $19.95.

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.