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Date Printed: 7/12/2014
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2010
Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2010
(search item no. 111398)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/12/2014: $10.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2007 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2002 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Mother Nature was very kind to us in 2010, providing a mellow and dry summer. The majority of the fruit in this vintage came from our vineyards in Knights Valley, which is on the border of Sonoma and Napa counties. In our opinion, this is one of the best regions for growing Sauvignon Blanc in Sonoma County, and the Knights Valley fruit contributes the white peach that runs through this wine. The 2010 vintage resulted in a balanced wine full of citrus and pineapple guava.

Translucent, pale straw color.

Nose: An intensely perfumed fresh bouquet of bright pink grapefruit and passion fruit combined with tropical notes of pineapple guava.

Flavor: Emulating the nose, the palate of bright grapefruit and lime flavor carries a hint of dry oregano and white peach accompanied by a soft, round mouth feel resulting in a medium bodied, fresh food-friendly wine.

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About Matanzas Creek:

Founded in 1977, Matanzas Creek Winery is located on the site of a retired dairy farm in Sonoma County's Bennett Valley. In 1985, the original winery, a converted dairy barn, gave way to a modern winemaking facility and since that time the Estate's Bennett Valley vineyards have grown to include over 280-acres of Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Vineyard acquisitions in Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley provide the vineyard management and winemaking teams with an enviable selection of fruit. Sourced from Estate-owned vineyards, the Matanzas Creek wine portfolio includes Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot, as well as a limited amount of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

As important as the history of the winery itself is its location in Sonoma County's newest American Viticultural Area (AVA), Bennett Valley. Although only formally recognized as an AVA in December 2003, Bennett Valley has a rich history of grape growing dating back to the mid-1800s. Once defined as part of Sonoma County's Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain AVA's, Bennett Valley overlaps with these winegrowing regions but carves out 8,150 acres to call its own (of which 850 acres are planted with grapevines). Three mountains define Bennett Valley and also serve to capture a cool maritime air stream which promotes a cooler, longer growing season that results in more complex wines.