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Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Mehale

Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Mehale

Item #: C0620W1DC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Monterey, California
Color: Very Pale Gold
Nose: Fresh Herbs, Peach
Palate: Filling
Finish: Snappy Citrus
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Shellfish, Seafood/13.9 Alcohol by Volume

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Mehale is another spectacular entry by winemaker Vance Rose who crafts all the wines for the Ehlers Family. Vance started in the wine business at a very early age and did every job imaginable in several countries. He sold it, grew it, and finally made it in Australia, France, and Spain before settling in Napa to make his own wines and those for Ehlers.

It was a perfect match, as both Vance and Steven Ehlers are not tied to any one grape or area and love to do things out of the ordinary. Our selection comes from Monterey, which for Sauvignon Blanc, is out of the ordinary. That's because Monterey, which has incredible soil for growing grapes, is quite cool, and Sauvignon Blanc likes a slightly warmer climate.

However, if you train the vines upward on trellises and remove their leaves, the grapes get more sunlight and exhume the incredible nutrients in the soil. As a result, you get a longer growing season and perfect ripeness.

Even the name is inventive. It stands for Marvelous, Expression, Hope, Accord, Life, and Elate, all words that seem to resonate with Rose and Ehlers are transferred to the wines they create.

Our selection fills the bill as well as the glass marvelously. It is the classic expression of the grape. Expanded upon with passion fruit, fresh herbs, and nectarine that would crash the oyster party, sing with the scallops or liven up the lobster to the elation of all.

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