Beltane Ranch Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma County, California
Aromas of granny smith apple and honeysuckle. Juice and ripe in the mouth, with honeydew melon and key lime pie; very full-flavored. Finishes clean and crisp, like an ocean breeze.
Beltane Ranch Winery
Beltane Ranch is a historic sixth generation working ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley. We sustainably farm 30 acres of vineyard, raise grassfed beef, produce olive oil, heirloom fruits and vegetables and host Bed & Breakfast guests in the 1892 landmark Victorian Ranch House. Our award-winning small production Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel is grown in our estate vineyard, originally planted by Pioneer viticulturist John Drummond in the 1870's. Long a grape source for notable area vintners, it wasn't until 2009 that we released our first estate wine to much critical acclaim. Hand-crafted in very small lots, our wines are available directly from us and in a few Sonoma Valley favorite spots. For an opportunity to visit the ranch, please book a stay at our Bed & Breakfast, named National Geographic Traveler's Best Vineyard Stay in the US.
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About Sonoma County
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
2 ratings, 1 with review
- Fruity & Smooth
Excellent Sauv Blanc that has an fulfulling bouquet. Lemon, crisp mouthfeel, that is a bit heavier than the traditional Sauv Blanc..Excellent
Alcohol By Volume Guide
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%.
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.