Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Wine Specials

Fumé Blanc

Robert Mondavi, 2005

Napa Valley, California

The Sauvignon Blanc grape traces its origins to western France in the Loire Valley and Bordeaux Regions. At some point in the 18th century, the vine paired with Cabernet Franc to parent the Cabernet Sauvignon vine in Bordeaux. The first cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc were brought to California in the 1880’s. In 1968, Robert Mondavi decided to try to tame the aggressive flavors of the grape with barrel agings and released the wine under the name Fumé Blanc as an allusion to the French Pouilly-Fumé.

Jasmine-tinged aromas lead to fresh melon and pear flavors enlivened with a hint of orange and complex floral and mineral notes. Beautiful balance of crisp acidity and creamy texture from sur lie aging.

$7.00 / glass

$28.00 / bottle

Sauvignon Blanc

Chasing Venus, Jules Taylor 2007

Marlborough, New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc was first introduced to New Zealand in the 1970s as an experimental planting to blended with Müller-Thurgau. In the 1990s, Sauvignon Blanc wines from the maritime climatic regions of New Zealand, particularly the South Island, became popular on the wine market. In the Marlborough region, sandy soils over slate shingles have become the most desirable locations for plantings due to the good drainage of the soil and poor fertility that encourages the vine to concentrate its flavors in lower yields.

Light straw in color. Nose of wet stone, freshly cut lawn, and a squeeze of lemon. Nice body weight; has the clarity & complexity of a classic Sancerre. Waxy mouthfeel with a stringent kiwi fruit finish.

91 points – Gary Vaynerchuck

89 points – Wine Advocate

$7.00 / glass

$28.00 / bottle

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