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Alta Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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750ML / 14.4% ABV
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750ML / 14.4% ABV

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The 2013 Alta Winery Sauvignon Blanc opens with a floral nose, which has hints of orange blossoms, jasmine, honeysuckle, and stone fruits. The bouquet of white peaches gives way to citrius and gooseberry, quintessential Sauvignon Blanc aromas. In the mouth, there is fresh acidity which complements the ripe honeydew melon flavors, all with a steely, flinty, mineral finish. There is good length, lingering honey and thirst quenching acidity.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
How hard is it to capture elegance and still produce a wine of excellent character and depth? With Sauvignon Blanc the task is never-ending. The 2013 Alta has managed to do so. The wine is subtle and yet intertwined with the best elements of the varietal. I could see a glass of this with a plate of linguine and clams. Medium straw, yellow color; ripe Meyer lemon aroma, slight hint of dried herbs, lively and bright, very good depth; medium bodied, nicely textured; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; ripe citrus, dried fruit flavors; medium finish. (Tasted: April 5, 2016, San Francisco, CA)
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Alta Napa Valley is a small family owned and operated vineyard and winery high atop Atlas Peak in the Napa Valley. Founder, Fred Oliai, first laid eyes on the 90+ acre property in 2008 and instantly saw the potential of the vineyard. Alta prides itself on hand picking and gentle fermentation techniques, which are both essential to creating outstanding artisan wines.

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One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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