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Herencia Sauvignon Blanc 2014
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They are a wine grape growing family with a cumulative collection of wisdom passed down from generation to generation. Herencia Del Valle is located in the Napa Valley and is the product of their families combined values and traditions.
The Herencia Del Valle family consists of husband Guillermo Herrera and his wife Angelica Renteria Herrera along with Luis Renteria (Angelica’s father). Herencia Del Valle Wines in Napa Valley infuses their knowledge, passion, and family traditions into their grape growing and wine making practices.
Each bottle of their wine has been carefully crafted to reflect the depth, flavor and personality of the terroir. It is the hard work in the vineyard as well as using only the highest quality grapes that exemplify the fruits of their labor. It’s their Herencia (Heritage) in a bottle.
A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and here is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon blanc.
In the Glass
From its homeland In Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, it expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, often reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California produces fruity and rich oak-aged versions as well as snappy and fresh, Sauvignon blancs, which never see any oak.
The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.
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.