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Honig Rutherford Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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750ML / 14.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Honig Rutherford Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is characterized by jasmine, peach and white nectarine. Complemented by notes of key lime, ruby grapefruit and Meyer lemon. A remarkable equilibrium between oak and fruit lends itself to a creamy, rich mid-palate that finishes with the essence of lemon curd and a hint of toasted marshmallow.

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JS 91
James Suckling

Pronounced aromas of dried apple, lemon grass and hay with lime zest and hazelnut skin. It’s medium-to full-bodied with layers of toasted nuts and herbs. Intense. Drink now.

RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Blended of 88% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sémillon and 2% Muscat, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve slowly grows in intensity, unfurling to give pronounced green apples, white peach and lemon curd scents with hints of paraffin wax, orange blossoms and crushed rocks. The palate is medium-bodied with a lovely satiny texture and bold freshness supporting the intense stone fruit and citrus layers, finishing long and minerally.

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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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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a 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 (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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