Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2004

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Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California

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Sauvignon Blanc

Apparently from Bordeaux to begin with, this versatile grape is responsible for everything from tart, grassy wines in New Zealand to rich, full-bodied ones in the Loire Valley and California to the world-class dessert wines in Sauternes and Barsac (for which they are usually blended with sémillion). Other regions of France, as well as Spain, Italy, Australia, Chile and Argentina, and many other countries have done a good job with the grape. In California, some sauvignon blancs are labeled "fumé blanc" (literally "smoked white"). This terminology was invented by Robert Mondavi, on the model of the sauvignon-blanc-based Pouilly-Fumé of the Loire, a rounder, softer, less grassy wine than those of, say, Sancerre (some perceived a "smoky" character), and is used today in America to suggest a wine of that type. Sauvignon blanc has been shown to be one of the parents of cabernet sauvignon, the other being cabernet franc.

Serve With

Serve with: Clams and oysters, lobster and other crustaceans, grilled vegetables, and grilled or fried chicken (for acidic, grassy sauvignon blancs); baked or roasted fish, cream sauces, dishes flavored with lemon or lime, and pork or veal (for richer, rounded sauvignon blancs).

WineMaker’s Notes

A rich and elegant wine

is the goal for the Chalk Hill Sauvignon Blanc." Although capable of expressing many different personalities, our Sauvignon Blanc"captures the uniqueness of our land. Our terroir and clonal diversity is brought to life in this beautiful vintage and exemplifies the great lengths to which we will go to create a perfect wine. Like all world-class wines, we begin our focus in the vineyard. Situated on premier growing sites—gravelly hillsides and loamy clay enclaves—we grow no less than nine clones of Sauvignon Blanc, all of which receive individual care.

At once both rich and elegant, lush aromas of grapefruit, honeysuckle and exotic spice are met by a vibrant band of tropical fruit and mineral flavors. The wine is lengthy and persistent, a classic effort.

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About The Region

Sonoma winemakers like to think of their region as a quieter, less glitzy alternative to the Napa Valley — though in fact it produces roughly 50 percent more grapes annually, covers more than twice the ground, and boasts about three times the population. Sonoma had grapes earlier than Napa did, too, with the first plantings in 1812. A Hungarian writer and entrepreneur named Agoston Haraszthy, called "the father of California viticulture," bought a property in Sonoma and in 1857 founded the still-extant Buena Vista winery there (it is the oldest commercial winery in the state). He later traveled around Europe collecting vine cuttings and is said to have introduced some 300 new varieties to California (among them, according to legend, zinfandel — though this has been disputed). There are various soil types and microclimates in the county, and many grape types have thrived, with chardonnay and pinot noir being perhaps the most famous, though Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley is notable for its zinfandel, and there is excellent cabernet sauvignon and merlot made throughout the region.

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