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Date Printed: 11/26/2014
Brander Cuvee Nicolas Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Brander Cuvee Nicolas Sauvignon Blanc 2009
(search item no. 106161)
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 11/26/2014: $23.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Named after Fred's son Nicolas, this is a blend of 75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Semillon, both from The Brander Vineyard. A classic example of a white Bordeaux. Aged sur-lie for in 50% new French oak barrels to add richness in flavor and silkiness to the texture while still showcasing firm balanced acidity. A perfect pairing with Santa Barbara's richer seafood - we're thinking lobster with lemon butter or grilled salmon.
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About The Brander Vineyard:

The planting of the Brander Vineyard to mainly Bordeaux varietals began in 1975. In 1977, the first harvest of Sauvignon Blanc grapes were taken to a neighboring winery where Fred Brander produced a wine so distinctive it captured Santa Barbara County's first gold medal for a wine at a major wine competition (1978 Los Angeles County Fair).Since its inception, the Brander vineyard has been highly acclaimed as a top Sauvignon Blanc producer, and for many years the only Brander wine was an estate-bottled Sauvignon Blanc. Today, the winery produces an average of 8,000 cases of wine from its 43 acres of vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. The focus on production is Sauvignon Blanc, with one main bottling and three distinctively different reserve bottlings of that variety. A small quantity of red wines is also produced with Merlot and our Bordeaux-blend called Bouchet being the most popular.