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Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Route Stock

Sauvignon Blanc, 2018. Route Stock

Item #: N1120W1DC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Limpid Gold
Nose: Lychee, Nutty
Palate: Full from Start to Finish
Finish: Snappy Citrus
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2022/Shellfish, Fowl, Vegetarian/12.7% Alcohol by Volume

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We are going to share with you one of the greatest wine secrets of the Napa Valley. While everyone thinks of Napa as the supreme place of Cabernet Sauvignon, it also happens to be where the finest Sauvignon Blanc is crafted. You see, as they have learned in Bordeaux, these two grapes love the same soil.

Route Stock is owned by the Wilson Daniels dynasty, importers of some of the greatest wines in the world. Now, just to be on the safe side, they also make Cabernet Sauvignon, which we have also featured. But their Sauvignon Blanc could only be described as other-worldly. There's a reason why the word "Sauvignon" is in both names. They are part of the same family and inexorably connected genetically. Given those tenets, one must pay attention to where and how to grow them. A company like Wilson Daniels certainly does.

Our selection is crafted after the stellar offerings from the Graves appellation in Bordeaux. It is 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon, which is used for gentle aromatics. 70% of the wine was held in French oak, but only 10% of the oak was new. So, the impartation of oak was very subtle. The result is an imposing offering, showing a nose of kiwi and lemongrass morphing into lychee and fig on the palate and finishing with a touch of toast and lemon peel. Matching it with Korean, spicy chicken wings or a chopped Italian salad would make everything look and taste good.