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Fiddlehead Sauvignon Blanc 1999

Sauvignon Blanc from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The wine has a perfumed bouquet of grape-fruit, fig, jalapeno, apricot, pear, and almond with floral highlights. The flavors of citrus, pear, melon, and herb are veryful with good depth followed by along, fruity, herb etched finish.

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    Fiddlehead Cellars

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    Fiddlehead Cellars, Central Coast, California
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    Kathy Joseph established Fiddlehead Cellars to capture the pure essence of the two grape varieties that she loves best - Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Fiddlehead's Sauvignon Blanc wines hail from the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley in Happy Canyon, while her estate Pinot Noirs showcase the cooler Santa Rita Hills in the western-most part of the transverse valley of Santa Barbara AVA. As one with a passion for the nuances of place, Kathy also crafts Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley.

    Fiddlehead produces approximately 5,000 cases of wine each year at "FiddleHeadquarters", their winery in the Lompoc Wine Ghetto. Once bottled, most of the wines age at least another year in their temperature controlled facility so that the diverse components of the wine are married and integrated, yet still layered with a pleasing complexity.

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of the state's wine. The sprawling district covers most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara from the coast inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley. Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types, and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including Monterey, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Cruz Mountains.

    Just about every major international grape variety is planted within this vast AVA, from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. A significant proportion of the region’s produce is generic, inexpensive bulk wine, but the Central Coast is also home to many small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as everything in between.

    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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