Lot 645 | 2017 Sonoma Coast
Our first ever Fumé Blanc! A barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc with the depth and complexity of a rich Chardonnay.
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Pale gold, almost Chardonnay-like color. Right out of the bottle, it’s flinty and thick with vanilla blossom, almond, and apple cider notes to a point where you can almost smell the viscosity. Very Vouvray-like (an often barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc from France). I’m reminded of my first time tasting this wine – I discovered a fully expressive and lovely nose of ripe, zesty lime blossom with green apple accents kissed with lemon custard and vanilla bean. On entry, it’s thick, viscous, and palate-coating, with a creamy texture haloed by almonds and vanilla-tinged tropical fruit, supported by lime-zest minerality.
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- Sauvignon Blanc
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Lot 645 comes to us from a producer in the Petaluma Gap AVA in the Sonoma Coast. Barrel-fermented in about 30% new French oak, age-worthy, and of a decidedly different character and texture than most of the Sauvignon Blancs you’ll likely run across, this is a unique and delicious wine. Its weighty, viscous texture and apple/citrus notes should play nicely with a broad array of cuisines. The textural weight, acid structure, and aromatic complexity all point to certain age-worthiness here, and I feel confident this wine will age nicely for another 5-8 years, possibly longer. $25 under the original winery label.
Wow! Not like any Sauv Blanc I've tasted1
If you are looking for a grassy New Zealand sauv blanc, Nope, this isn't it. Hardly like a sauv blanc at all to me...more like a combination sauv blanc and chardonnay, as others have suggested. Very good- heavy duty body, tart, yet a bit of sweetness and minerality.
I love both Sauvignon blancs and Chards, This wine drinks more like an unoaked Chard, I enjoyed it very much!
Best of two varieties
As I prefer chardonnay and am not a fan of sauvignon blanc, I was a little wary and had low expectations, but turns out it was a great pick for my wine club shipment. Reminiscent of an unoaked chardonnay that made me feel at home, but light enough that I think regular sauvignon blanc drinkers will like it too.
Excellent Fume Blanc
Crisp and great with grilled sea bass.
Not my style
Not much nose and a weird taste and finish. Somewhat sweet. Goes OK with food but not so much just drinking it alone. I guess that I am more of a red wine drinker.
Nice mix of Chardonnay feel with Sauv Blanc
I have mostly ordered reds from CH but based on reviews I gave this a try. As stated before it does remind me a bit of of Chardonnay done in steel. So, it is a good alternative for when you want a white without the heavy buttery Chardonnay vibe. I will probably order more for the summer months.
I was pleasantly surprised with this bottle. Even though it’s Sauvignon blanc, it is reminiscent of an unoaked Chardonnay with some hints of yeast. Just bought a few more!
A very bright white wine which I believe was originally named by Mondavi and he let all makers use it. Full of fruit and soft on the pallet. Terrific bottle.
Refreshing. A very nice Sauvignon Blanc.
Chardonnay Lovers will love this wine!
... me , not so much. The odd combination of the grape and oak does not work for me. I can't drink it! :(