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Sauvignon Blanc, 2016. Burnside Road

Sauvignon Blanc, 2016. Burnside Road

Item #: V0118W1DC
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Sonoma County, California
Color: Bright Straw
Nose: Peach and Herbs
Palate: Rich Fruit and Citrus
Finish: Powerful Peach
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Seafood, Vegetarian/Alcohol: 13.7%

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Burnside Road was established in Sonoma County's Russian River appellation in 2007, with Joe Otos as winemaker. This gold medal-winning Sauvignon Blanc beautifully conveys Otos' ability to tap into the benefits of Sonoma County's climate diversity.

Sonoma County is nearly twice the size of Napa and includes a plethora of disparate growing areas - from very cool to very warm. Burnside Road straddles two of the best known, with widely differing climates.

The Russian River is one of the coolest areas in Sonoma, known for its stunning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Just to the east is Dry Creek, which is warm enough for Zinfandel and Syrah. The blending of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from these two areas produces the best of both worlds.

The cool-climate Russian River Sauvignon Blanc accounts for the sharp acidity, which allows the finish to come out crisp and clean. The warm-climate Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc conveys a power and intensity that only this grape can bring to the glass. It's the perfect combination.

The Sauvignon Blanc varietal is so named because it actually is in the same family as Cabernet Sauvignon. Regardless of the fact that one is white and the other red, the similar DNA is what binds them.

Our selection exhibits the ripe, fresh flavors of stone fruit, fig and red apple balanced with a tight acidity showing hints of lemon peel and lime. Herbal notes are held in check by the piquant acids, and the wine is a joy to behold - and savor - from beginning to end.

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