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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

2013 Matanzas Creek Winery Sauvignon Blanc


On the nose this wine is incredibly aromatic and just throws the most wild and herbaceous aromas profile right in your face. It's definitely showing a musqué-style that is becoming very popular in California. I have not looked up the tech data, but I'd be shocked if they are not using the Sauvignon musqué clone in some degree or another. I mean, huge aromas of yellow grapefruit, tangerine, gooseberry, and fresh lime zest. There is also a nice mineral and stone quality that shines through amongst all those zippy fruit characters and tells you it's not some unattractive and cheap New Zealand style wine with only one dimension. This is no knock to New Zealand...I'm just sayin'...

On the palate the wine is as bright a laser-edged as you would imagine, but there is definitely a considerable amount of weight on the wine. It reminds me of Sancerre in that aspect. Those Saugivnon Blancs in the Loire seem to have a natural density and weight to them. Flavors of honey dew melon, lemon peel, kiwi, and kumquat dazzle and accompany a nice mineral driven finish.


Matanzas Creek has long been a winery where I wasn't blown away by their red wines, but I've always been floored by their Sauvignon blanc. In case you didn't know, it's also one of the most age-worthy California Sauvignon blanc's being produced. If you ever visit the winery and want to make quick friends for life, make sure you make mention of the ageability of their SB. 94 points


 
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