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Goosecross Lake County Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County, North Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Crisp, clean and bright with fresh grapefruit and pineapple flavors that finish dry with a touch of lemongrass and flint. This Sauvignon Blanc is excellent with any sort of seafood. You can pair this wine with shellfish, oysters, chicken, cream-based dishes, and a variety of cheeses.

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    Goosecross Cellars, Lake County, North Coast, California
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    Goosecross is an estate winery steeped in Napa Valley history. They take inspiration from the land they farm and the fruit they grow, expressing their passion in the wines we craft. Goosecross proudly take their name from the pair of geese that made the estate their home. They admire the lifelong bond that geese form, and the strength, independence and resilience of their character, at peace with their home and the world.

    Goosecross's journey has grown and evolved through the years, from farmers and grape growers in the 1970s to winemakers and vintners in the 1980s. They take pride in crafting wines that express a sense of "place", giving voice to the vineyards and regions in which they were grown. It gives great pleasure to share wines with guests and friends, one glass at a time.

    And the journey continues... Coming from a family whose history for crafting fine lagers spans five generations, Christi Coors Ficeli was drawn to Goosecross by its heritage and reputation. Looking for a place to call home and grow roots in the Valley, she has taken the challenge of writing the next chapter in the Goosecross journey.

    Christi is committed to remaining true to the spirit of Goosecross, with an open mind to what the future will bring. The winemaking team is now led by Bill Nancarrow who brings a wealth of experience making wines in regions throughout the World, he and his team are continuing the approachable, balanced style of Goosecross wines, while introducing bold new varietals and blends to the portfolio.

    Lake County

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    A warm inland area just north of Napa Valley, Lake County represents a new frontier for California winemaking. While Prohibition halted viticulture here just as it did in so many California regions, winemaking activity remained fairly insignificant for a few decades longer than others. Finally in the 1990s Lake County Sauvignon blanc—uniquely savory and fruity—earned the appellation a renewed reputation.

    Lake County is comprised of a handful of unique American Viticultural Areas (AVAs).

    Vineyards that settle into the hills on the west side of Clear Lake create the Clear Lake AVA and produce good quality Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon blanc and Zinfandel.

    Recently the Red Hills AVA, located within the boundaries of the Clear Lake AVA, has become the focus of some of Napa’s more respected growers. Its notable volcanic and obsidian-based soils could be the source of California’s next best Cabernet Sauvignons. Andy Beckstoffer, a leader in recognizing prime Napa Valley vineyard locales, has already invested heavily in the area.

    Guenoc Valley AVA produces fine examples of Petite Sirah, recognized for their voluptuous aromas of clove, cocoa, tobacco and deep red and blue berry flavors.

    The High Valley AVA sits northeast of Clear Lake. This warm area boasts multiple soil types allowing growers a lot of flexibility and experimentation with grape varieties. While Sauvignon blanc is a mainstay, this zone excels with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, as well as other less common varieties like Barbera and Tempranillo.

    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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