Rancho Zabaco Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2002

Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River, California

Item No. 58650
  • white wine
  • W&S92
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Winemaker's Notes

After harvest, the grapes selected for this wine were not crushed or destemmed, but instead proceeded as whole clusters directly to our membrane press using very minimal pressure.  The must was then chilled for at least 24 hours to allow most of the solids to cold-settle, and then the clear juice was racked off into tank and barrel for fermentation. Just over one quarter of the blend was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel for 25 days, to extract the most subtle and complex characteristics of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  The remaining three-quarters of the blend was barrel fermented at cool temperatures, adding a toasty oak undertone to the wine.  The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation in order to retain all the classic Sauvignon Blanc varietal character.  It was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.

"The pungent scent of lime keeps this wine cool and tight, even as the flavor is rich as nectarine jam. It has a deep sauvignon scent and flavor, with an edge of green that sharpens it for food. Chill this for bay scallops sauteed with leeks."
-Wines & Spirits

Learn About Rancho Zabaco

Rancho Zabaco is named for one of the original Mexican land grants in Sonoma County. Sonoma County encompasses the Dry Creek Valley, the area from which Rancho Zabaco’s grapes are drawn. The wines are inspired by the bold spirit of the Spanish and Mexican pioneers who settled this rugged land.

Learn About Russian River

The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...

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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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