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.
- Sonoma Coast
- 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.
It's been a while since I've come across an oaked Sauvignon Blanc, and this hits all the right notes! Richer flavor, fuller mouthfeel, wider body. What a great and sadly unusual wine these days.
Not For Us....
We purchased this wine on "spec" reading the positive vs more critical reviews....we decided to give it a try......have to say, for us, an utter disappointment......this is the first wine we've purchased from Cameron Hughes that we've "hands down" not liked.....total fail on this one.
Nice Crisp White Wine
We typically drink reds but this was a gift that we really enjoyed. This white had so much more flavor with a nice fresh citrus finish. Definitely tastes of lemon and has a fuller mouth feel for a white wine. Paired very well with a popcorn chicken dinner salad. Very pleased with this one.
New go to for seafood
Sauvignon Blanc is my go to wine for seafood. This offering is a great value for that crisp dry taste with a hint of citrus we enjoy when grilling fish.
Like a lovely Chardonnay
Perfumed minerals, apple with a saline quality on the nose. Supple palate balanced with nice acid.
A nice surprise
Love the oak taste in this wine. Really made a hit at the deck party we hosted. Nice crisp dry flavor.
SB with heft
The oak aging adds strength which seems to put off some reviewers, but it adds character which makes it work with heavier dishes with chicken with a sauce.
Richer style with lots of lemon
Not a typical Sonoma SB as had lots of lemon and citrus but almost bigger french Graves style. Better with food than on the porch
Too much alcohol
Not bad, but just for very specific pairings. There is way too much alcohol for my personal taste (15.4 almost a fortified wine!)
Interesting convergence toward a Chardonnay but overall not my favorite.
Not bad, but not my fav
I feel that this is a great wine when paired with the right food, but as a stand along summer sipping wine, it is not my favorite. More like a Chardonnay (Of which I am not a fan) than a Sauvignon Blanc