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Aperture Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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Winemaker Notes

A striking bouquet of intricate tropical flavors and the stunning floral aromatics of the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc produce a uniquely decadent expression of the varietal. Our custom barrel-fermentation, adapted from my experience at Haut Brion in Bordeaux, creates a distinct richness on the palate that is balanced by the varietal’s quintessential bright, natural acidity.

.Blend: 98% Sauvignon Blanc, 2% Semillon

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JS 94
James Suckling
Inspired by the dry, white Bordeaux wines, there’s just 2% barrel-fermented semillon here, offering a rich array of deep-set, tropical-fruit flavors and the oak is nicely integrated. The yields are lower, the fruit is ripe and the depth of flavor is a real highlight. Deep, citrus and tropical-fruit flavors with seriously silky textural appeal. Drink or hold.
JD 92
Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc comes (there’s 4% Semillon in the blend) from the cooler Bennett Valley and was brought up in 20% new French oak, with the balance in stainless steel and used barrels. Its vibrant gold color is followed by a reductive nose that improves with time in the glass, showing more sweet lime, pineapple, and crushed rock aromas and flavors. It's beautiful on the palate, with a layered, opulent texture, good acidity, and a great finish. It's going to benefit from 6-12 months of bottle age and keep for 3-4 years.
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Shows off some toasted coconut and spice notes up front, complementing the lemon meringue, marmalade and orange zest flavors. The richness is balanced by fresh acidity. Drink now.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Dry Stack Vineyard, containing 2% Sémillon, was barrel fermented and aged six months in about one-third new oak. It opens with notions of gunflint and candle smoke, segueing to kiwi tart, peach, dried white flowers and a racy crushed-stone vein. It’s rounded and textural in the mouth, with a medium to full body, intense, savory-laced tropical fruits refreshed by juicy acidity and a long, savory finish. This is a ripe, rounded style anchored by freshness and minerality.
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Never mind the six million album covers around the world that feature Andy Katz’s photographs, or his dozen books of gorgeous photos that grace countless coffee tables around the country, or the many awards on his mantel earned from five decades of work around the world. It was all an excuse. An excuse to drink world class wine. To learn what it takes to make world class wine. And to spend time with his young son Jesse. Andy brought Jesse to the the most famous vineyards on earth, from the heart of Burgundy to the hills of Tuscany. He may not have admitted it at the time, but Andy’s gambit worked. Barely a decade later, Jesse is now one of the most exciting — and accomplished — winemakers in the world, recently gracing the cover of Wine Enthusiast as a rising young star who is doing nothing less than “changing the way the world drinks.” The son of a man who, through his photographs, changes the way the world sees wine. It’s a perfect combination. Jesse supplies the grapes, Andy supplies the images. And together they make wines worthy of their travels. Aperture. World class wines. Katz and Katz. A world class pairing.

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With boundaries overlapping the Sonoma Coast AVA and Sonoma Mountain AVA, Bennett Valley benefits from the cooling effects of the nearby Pacific Ocean just like its neighbors. Top grapes planted include Barbera, Pinot noir and Chardonnay, as well as Bordeaux and Rhone varieties.

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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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