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Hagafen

Hagafen
2017 Prix Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$40

Hagafen
2017 Prix Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of all-butter cookies, passionfruit jam, fresh thyme, flint, cheese rind, and limestone with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of yuzu with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A distinctive Sauvignon Blanc with loads of minerality; old world Chardonnay drinkers will love this.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Crisp & Lively & Old World
Aroma Aroma: all-butter cookies, passionfruit jam, fresh thyme, flint, cheese rind, and limestone
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of yuzu
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A distinctive Sauvignon Blanc with loads of minerality; old world Chardonnay drinkers will love this.

The Producer

Hagafen Cellars

The Producer
4160 Silverado Trl
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-252-0781

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.