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Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

Elderflower and currant aromas are accompanied by notes of citrus and passionfruit in this years Sauvignon Blanc. It has a radiant light yellow hue, tinged with green and the dominant flavors are fresh and herbal layered over ripe tropical fruit and citrus notes. A fine line of acid ensures the flavors are focussed and leads to a delicate yet persistent finish with underlying mineral tones.

Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Critical Acclaim

WS 87
Wine Spectator

Shows good focus and intensity to the lime zest, green apple, lemon and grassy flavors, delivering impressive acidity, a light body and a refreshing profile.

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Jules Taylor

Jules Taylor

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Jules Taylor, , New Zealand
Jules Taylor
You can’t have a wine label named Jules Taylor without having a Jules Taylor. Jules is the eponymous winemaker, Marlborough’s Queen of Sauvignon Blanc and a godmother to several hundred thousand little grapes. Born and bred Marlburian, Jules has seen the transformation that the wine industry brought to the region and has a deep understanding of the interplay between the grape and Marlborough’s variety of climates and soils. She also spent much time travelling the globe’s other wine producing areas, working 5 vintages in Italy and three in Australia. Upon her return home, she slotted straight into a job making wine for some of the most acclaimed brands in the country, and eventually branched off to create her own label under the mentorship of Kim Crawford in 2001. More than a decade later, the little moonlighting project has grown into an internationally recognized label and the brand Jules Taylor became synonymous with high quality, premium Marlborough wine.

Famous for its food-friendly, approachable wines and their storied history, Chianti is perhaps the best-known wine region of Italy. This sub-zone of Tuscany has it all—sweeping views of undulating hills, the hot Mediterranean sun, hearty cuisine, and a rich artistic heritage. Historically packaged in short, round, straw-covered bottles known as “fiaschi” and containing insipid red liquid, Chianti today is typically not your Italian grandfather’s pizza wine. The heart of the Chianti zone is known as Chianti Classico, as the region has expanded its boundaries over time to capitalize on the wine’s fame, thus diluting its reputation. Within Chianti there are seven other subzones with unique characteristics, including Colli Senesi, Colli Fiorentini, and Chianti Rufina.

Chianti wines are made primarily of Sangiovese, with other varieties comprising up to 20% of the blend. Generally, local varieties are used, including Canaiolo, Mammolo, and Marzemino, but international varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah have also been approved in more recent years. Basic, inexpensive Chianti is simple and fruit-forward and makes a great companion to any casual dinner involving red sauce. At its apex, it is savory and rustic with high acidity, firm tannins, and notes of tart red fruit, dried herbs, fennel, salami, balsamic vinegar, and smoky tobacco. Chianti Riserva, typically the top bottling of a producer, can benefit handsomely from a decade or two of cellaring.

Sangiovese

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The perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

SER856803002044_2012 Item# 124051

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