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Date Printed: 7/24/2014
Gainey Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Gainey Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 115971)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/24/2014: $10.29

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2010 vintage marks a bit of a departure for our estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc. In past vintages, Gainey added a significant portion of Semillon to the blend, which helped round out the wine, but tempered its pure expression of Sauvignon varietal character.

The 2010 is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and, as such, displays more of a piquant, zesty character for which the variety is known. That said, you will still find the fresh, creamy, citrus guava, melon, mineral and vanilla scents characteristic of Gainey Sauvignon Blanc, along with a hint of gooseberry. In the mouth, the wine delivers rich, round, guava, grapefruit, lime, lemon drop and honeydew melon flavors with a hint of gooseberry and a refreshing minerality in its long, grapefruit-y finish.

Sumptuous, yet vibrant, the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is delicious on its own, but will also beautifully accompany your favorite seafood, poultry and salad dishes.

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About The Gainey Vineyard:

In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley.

Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors. Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.