Full Review

Smith & Elliott

Smith & Elliott
2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Certified Sustainable
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$18

Smith & Elliott
2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5%
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, lemon cream, green apple, and cassis leaf with a silky, tangy, dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of white peach and pineapple core, sea salt, and green apple and lemon zest. A slightly less aromatic take on Sauvignon Blanc loaded with ripe fruit and zesty acidity; a nice food wine and picnic partner.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: gooseberry, lemon cream, green apple, and cassis leaf
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with nuances of white peach and pineapple core, sea salt, and green apple and lemon zest
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A slightly less aromatic take on Sauvignon Blanc loaded with ripe fruit and zesty acidity; a nice food wine and picnic partner.

The Producer

Plata Wine Partners

The Producer
855 Bordeaux Way, Suite 100
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-261-8740

Their Portfolio

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91 Abrupt Vineyards 2019 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.5% (USA) $60.00.
85 Buttercream 2019 Reserve, Chardonnay, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
87 Butterfly Fields 2021 Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $11.00.
90 Crossways Winery 2019 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
85 Crossways Winery 2020 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
86 Dark Cherrycream 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Monterey 13.8% (USA) $13.00.
88 Dekreme 2022 Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine, Monterey County 11.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 Dekreme 2022 Cuvee Brut Sparkling Wine, Mendocino County 11.5% (USA) $15.00.
88 High Roller 2021 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County 14.1% (USA) $14.00.
89 High Roller 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $14.00.
88 Laurel Cellars 2021 Pinot Noir, Monterey County 14.2% (USA) $12.00.
85 Laurel Cellars 2021 Chardonnay, Monterey County 14% (USA) $11.00.
BR Popcorn 2019 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $16.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sea Wave Wines 2020 Rosé, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Chardonnay, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
85 Sea Wave Wines 2020 Low-Alcohol Rose, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
87 Sea Wave Wines 2019 Low-Alcohol, Pinot Noir, California 7% (USA) $4.00.
BR Sea Wave Wines 2019 Low-Alcohol, Chardonnay, California 7% (USA) $4.00. - Bronze Medal
88 Seven Rings 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
87 Seven Rings 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
90 Seven Rings 2020 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 14.2% (USA) $21.00.
94 Seven Rings 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
94 Seven Rings 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $39.00.
88 Smith & Elliott 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.1% (USA) $26.00.
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86 Smith & Elliott 2021 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $15.00.
87 Smith & Elliott 2020 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast 13.8% (USA) $16.00.
87 Smith & Elliott 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $18.00.
89 Smith & Elliott 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley 14.1% (USA) $16.00.
87 Smith & Elliott 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $26.00.
90 Smith & Elliott 2022 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 14.1% (USA) $15.00.
89 Sundry 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $16.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2020 Chardonnay, Monterey 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
87 Thirty Degrees 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14.2% (USA) $34.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2019 Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
88 Thirty Degrees 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.5% (USA) $34.00.
90 Tributus 2018 Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $44.00.
89 Tributus 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
93 True Oak Estate 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley 13.8% (USA) $39.00.
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89 True Oak Vineyards 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $66.00.
90 True Oak Vineyards 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $56.00.
87 True Oak Vineyards 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley 13.5% (USA) $19.00.
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88 Verada 2019 Chardonnay, Tri-County 13.5% (USA) $16.00.
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85 Verada 2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Tri-County 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
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85 Wellsley Farms 2021 Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $6.00.

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.