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Beltane Ranch Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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4.3 3 Ratings
14.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Aromas of granny smith apple and honeysuckle. Juice and ripe in the mouth, with honeydew melon and key lime pie; very full-flavored. Finishes clean and crisp, like an ocean breeze.

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Beltane Ranch

Beltane Ranch

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Beltane Ranch, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
2011 Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Beltane Ranch is a historic sixth generation working ranch in the heart of Sonoma Valley. We sustainably farm 30 acres of vineyard, raise grassfed beef, produce olive oil, heirloom fruits and vegetables and host Bed & Breakfast guests in the 1892 landmark Victorian Ranch House. Our award-winning small production Estate Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel is grown in our estate vineyard, originally planted by Pioneer viticulturist John Drummond in the 1870's. Long a grape source for notable area vintners, it wasn't until 2009 that we released our first estate wine to much critical acclaim. Hand-crafted in very small lots, our wines are available directly from us and in a few Sonoma Valley favorite spots. For an opportunity to visit the ranch, please book a stay at our Bed & Breakfast, named National Geographic Traveler's Best Vineyard Stay in the US.

Sonoma Valley

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Perhaps the most historically significant appellation in Sonoma County, the Sonoma Valley AVA was first planted with vines by Franciscan monks in 1823. It was the site of one of California’s first successful commercial wineries, and the region where French oak barrels were first utilized for aging California wines, thus creating the rich and voluptuous style of Chardonnay the state has become known for.

This geologically and climactically diverse district is capable of producing a wide variety of wines, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer, and, most notably, Zinfandel, where ancient vines over 100 years old produce small crops of concentrated, spicy fruit. These are commonly produced as “field blends” along with Petite Sirah, Carignan, and other dark-fruited varieties.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon Blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. A couple of commonalities always exist, however—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and is important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand and California, while Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon Blanc. High-quality Sauvignon Blanc is also produced in Washington State, Australia, and parts of northern Italy.

In the Glass

From its homeland in the Loire Valley, where citrus, flinty, and smoky flavors shine through in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume, to Marlborough, New Zealand, where it is pungent, racy, and “green” (think grass, leaves, gooseberries, and bell peppers) and tastes of grapefruit and passionfruit, Sauvignon Blanc has something to offer every wine drinker. In Bordeaux, it is typically blended with Sémillon and Muscadelle to produce a softer, richer style. In California, any of the aforementioned styles can be emulated.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor—from bell pepper and cut grass to passionfruit, gooseberry, and ripe kiwi lend it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood, and mild Asian dishes. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like goat cheese and asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the 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 (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

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