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Honig Rutherford Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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750ML / 14.1% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Stone fruit and melon, nuanced by citrus rind and grapefruit. A remarkable equilibrium between oak and fruit, creamy and rich on the mid palate, complemented by bright lemon curd and vanilla on the finish. This lovey example of an ageable Sauvignon blanc can be enjoyed now through 2021 and beyond.

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COMMENTARY: Many California wineries have tried to emulate the more opulent white Bordeaux, and those producers have found that is not as easy as using intensely flavored grapes and plenty of oak. Honig has been able to do a great job in this endeavor. The 2017 Honig Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is generous without losing its balance or freshness. Its aromas and flavors of ripe citrus, attractive melon, and an accent of oak work well together. Pair it with linguine and mussels in a garlicky shellfish broth. (Tasted: April 9, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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The Honig Family purchased their 68-acre vineyard in Rutherford in 1964, and sold the grapes they grew to neighboring wineries. In 1980, the family tried their hand at producing their own Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, to great acclaim. Michael Honig took over management of the winery in 1984, at the age of 22. In 1987, the Honigs made their first Cabernet Sauvignon. Under Michael, Honig's direction, the winery has grown from a small "garage winery" to a 25 person operation. Using solar power and sustainable farming methods, winemaker, Kristin Belair focuses on two varietals: Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. This focus allows her to produce handcrafted wines that are a true expression of the vineyard.

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The Rutherford sub-region of Napa Valley centers on the town of Rutherford and covers some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyard real estate, spanning from the Mayacamas in the west, to the Vaca Mountains on the other side of the valley.

Inside of the Rutherford AVA, bordering the Mayacamas, is a stretch of uplands called the Rutherford Bench. (These bench lands technically run the length of Oakville as well). Mountain runoff creates deep, well-drained, alluvial soils on the bench, giving vine roots plenty of reason to permeate deep into the ground. The result is wine with great structure and complexity.

Rutherford Cabernet Sauvingons and Bordeaux Blends garner substantial attention for their enticing fragrances of dusty earth and dried herbs, broad and juicy mid-palates and lush and fine-grained tannins. The sub-appellation claims some of the valley’s most prized vineyards today, namely Caymus, Rubicon and Beckstoffer Georges III.

It is also home to Napa’s most influential and historic personalities. Thomas Rutherford, responsible for the appellation's name, made serious investments here in grape growing and wine production between the years of 1850 to 1880. Gustave Niebaum purchased a large swath of land and completed his winery in 1887, calling it “Inglenook.” Today this remains the oldest bonded winery in California. Georges Latour founded Beaulieu Vineyard in 1900, making it the oldest continuous winery in the state. Latour also hired the famous enologist, André Tchelistcheff, a man credited for single-handedly defining the modern Napa winemaking style.

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