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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Sauvignon Republic Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Republic Russian River Sauvignon Blanc 2008
(search item no. 99097)
screw cap wine


PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $17.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

After a promise of better rainfall, the 2008 growing season dried out in the late winter and the California north coast suffered frost damage followed in May by difficult bloom and set conditions. On the positive side, an overall a lighter crop in the Russian River Valley did foster intense flavor development and particularly good structural acidity.

Classic pale-straw color with rich pineapple, grapefruit, and tropical fruit layers and a touch of herbal "green" sauvignon notes. Multiple vineyard sources allowed the assembly of a blend that showcases fruitiness and refreshing acidity supported by a surprising richness and length of finish.

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About Sauvignon Republic:

The men involved in Sauvignon Republic (John Buechsenstein, John Ash, Paul Dolan and Tom Meyer) are committed to becoming experts on Sauvignon Blanc and producing it around the world in the best locations. All four men are passionate about this grape.

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape variety that expresses "terroir" (the place that it is grown) more profoundly than almost any other grape variety. California, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and France are the locations where it has shown greatness. Sauvignon Republic intends to produce a wine in each area. It will allow them to promote and share the unique flavors that each location provides.

Food styles and flavors have changed profoundly in recent years. Asian, Hispanic and Indian flavors and techniques are being widely embraced by both chefs and home cooks. European and Mediterranean flavors of course will continue to be a part of "American" food but the increasing influence of these new cuisines is having a profound impact on wine choices. Sauvignon Blanc has the unique ability to wrap itself around all of these new flavors and cuisines.