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Folkway Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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13.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Light gold in color, with bright aromas of Meyer lemon, lime, fresh-cut hay, and honeydew melon, this fresh Sauvignon Blanc is balanced on the palate, crisp with a light-medium body, and laden with flavors of citrus and meringue.

Pairs well with fish tacos, albacore tataki, sunshine and front porches.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
Attractive and well-defined, the 2016 Folkway Sauvignon Blanc makes an excellent argument for wine lovers to look here for some of the best California examples of this grape variety. This wine exhibits dried citrus and light herbs in its aroma and flavors. Its crisp finish pairs it well with a plate of succulent raw oysters. (Tasted: September 18, 2017, San Francisco, CA)
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Folkway Wine Co.

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Folkway Wine Co., Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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Brothers Lino and Anthony are true sons of the land, growing up farming in Northern California, and now making a living working on Central Coast vineyards. Using legendary sources, they produce wines that respect the Old World but showcase the place they call home.

Together Lino and Anthony created Folkway Wine Co., a family boutique winery located in Central Coast that focuses on Bordeaux red and white varietals.

Santa Barbara

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With a dry and mild climate cooled significantly by breezy ocean fog, Santa Barbara County is a grape-grower’s dream. Part of the larger Central Coast appellation, Santa Barbara is home to six separate AVAs—Santa Maria Valley, Santa Ynez Valley, and its four sub-AVAs Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District, and Happy Canyon. The conditions here provide an opportunity for nearly effortless production of high-quality cool-climate wines. This is also the site of the 2004 film Sideways, which caused Pinot Noir’s popularity to skyrocket and brought new acclaim to the region.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the stars of Santa Barbara, marked by trademark racy acidity, crisp Sauvignon Blanc, and savory Syrah. The region is also home to many young and enthusiastic winemakers eager to experiment with less common varieties including Chenin Blanc, Grüner Veltliner, Trousseau Gris, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc, making it an exciting area to watch.

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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