Joseph Carr Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley, California

$18.29 $12.99
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Item No. 105392
  • white wine
  • WE90
Style: Light & Crisp

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.9%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

This 2008 Sauvignon Blanc was produced fromgrapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer regions give us grapes that result in wine with lush, full melon/citrus aromas and flavors. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich, creaminess from sur lie aging. We whole cluster pressed all of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.Whole cluster pressing gives us juice that shows an incredibly lush fruitiness and softness. After pressing and settling, 30% of the juice wasmoved to small oak barrels where it was put through a long, cool fermentation. After fermentation the wine was allowed to age sure lie for a total of five months in the small oak barrels. This pressing, fermentation and aging programadds rich, complexity to the aromas and flavors.

Our 2008 Sauvignon Blanc displays delicious honeydew melon aromas, followed by bright lemon zest and a hint of thyme. A ripe mouth feel is enhanced with more melon and refreshing citrus notes. The wine is wonderfully well-centered and well-balanced by crisp acidity. Very limited, less than 1,200 cases bottled.

Critical Acclaim

"We need wines like this that are super-dry, ultra-crisp in acidity and sleakly lean. This one's the anti-Chardonnay. It's tightly wound in minerials and citrus fruits, a Sancerre-style wine born to drink with food. Crab salad in lettuce wraps or chicken satay skewers come to mind. Editors' Choice."
90 Points

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Alcohol level too high - that's what you taste. I can't believe the high rating on this wine. Avoid it. Try Spy Valley instead.
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The Rosen - New York, NY (read all my reviews)

We're fans of Sauvignon Blanc but left the bottle half finished.
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Joseph Carr chose to follow a dream in 2005 when he founded Joseph Carr Winery in Carneros, California. “We’re a family owned company dedicated to making world class, handcrafted wines. We work with small growers, coopers and winemakers producing elegant, sophisticated, yet approachable wines from Napa Valley, Carneros, and the North Coast of California.

Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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