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USA: U.S. Sauvignon Blanc

What is U.S. Sauvignon Blanc?
Sauvignon Blanc is widely planted in the United States and produces a wine in two broadly different styles following two different examples. In France (from whence the varietal emigrated) it is grown widely in the Loire and Bordeaux. In Bordeaux it is barrel fermented and produces a ripe, rich wine that is not unlike a Chardonnay with a bit more snap. The vast majority of U.S. wines are vinified in this style. In the Loire, however, Sauvignon is often left out of barrel and the varietal is allowed to show its aggressive herbal side and brisk acidity. One of the world’s great wine styles, Sancerre (and more recently New Zealand, which has "out Sancerred" Sancerre) can be a shock to the uninitiated, but many who do try it are smitten. U.S. wineries have tended to shy away from this latter manifestation, though some, such as Voss and Cain, have made it into a specialty. Rumblings are being heard that more producers may choose to follow the latter path. Only time will tell.

Premier Producers
Cain (Musqué)
Chalk Hill
Chateau St. Jean (La Petite Etoile)
Ferrari-Carano (Reserve)
Foley
Matanzas Creek
Peter Michael (L’Apres Midi)
Robert Mondavi (To-Kalon Reserve & I-Block)
Murphy-Goode (The Deuce & Reserve)
Spottswoode
Voss


Great Producers
Benziger
Callaghan
Chateau Ste. Michelle (Horse Heaven Vineyard)
Curtis
Dry Creek Vineyard (Reserve)
Duckhorn
Estancia
Ferrari-Carano
Gainey (Limited Selection)
Grgich Hills
William Hill
Honig (Reserve)
Hyatt
Iron Horse
Joullian (Family Reserve)
Kendall-Jackson (Grand Reserve)
Kenwood (Reserve)
Lakewood
Markham
Merryvale
Robert Mondavi (SLD)
Morgan
Murphy-Goode
Rochioli
Stephen Ross
Sierra Vista
Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
Mark West
Zellerbach


Dependable Producers
Beringer
Cakebread
Chateau Potelle
Chateau St. Jean
Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Souverain
Domaine Napa
Dry Creek Vineyard
Eola Hills
Farella-Park
Gainey
Geyser Peak
Guenoc (North Coast)
Honig
Hop Kiln
Jamesport
Joullian
Justin
Kenwood
Lambert Bridge
Lockwood
Mission View
Robert Mondavi (Fumé Blanc)
Napa Ridge
Obester
Page Mill
Paradise Ridge (Grandview Vineyard)
Robert Pepi (Reserve)
Raymond
Renaissance
Rex Hill
Rutherford Vintners
St. Clement
St. Supery
Sanford
Silverado
Simi
Van Roekel
Waterbrook
Windsor (Private Reserve)

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