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Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2005

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Winemaker Notes

    A pale yellow/straw color with green hues, the 2005 is powerfully aromatic. There are lime, lychee, gooseberry and capsicum notes on the nose. The palate is full-flavored and finely balanced with great concentration and complexity, yet soft with generous acidity. The finish is long, with a clean, crisp ending. While drinkable now, it can be cellared for up to three years.

    Serve slightly chilled. Complements oysters and other shellfish, and spicy Asian foods.

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    Mount Riley's position as a top Marlborough wine estate stems from their guiding philosophy of having their people involved at all stages of the winemaking process, from earth to glass.

    Mount Riley is a family owned New Zealand company with strong traditional values and a focus on delivery of excellent value wines. They were established in 1992 by John Buchanan, who has been actively involved in the wine industry since the 1970s. Mount Riley's Head Winemaker Bill Hennessy ("Digger") has been leading Mount Riley's winemaking since 1998. In 2004, John's youngest daughter Amy joined Mount Riley as Sales & Marketing Director. Mount Riley is run by a small, dedicated team. The passion held by this team for their craft ensures that wines of the highest quality are produced.

    Since its first vintage in 1996, Mount Riley had been focused on over-delivering quality for price and producing dependable wines that wine enthusiasts will love and seek out. Mount Riley has been one of the fastest growing Marlborough estates and is today among the top 10 vineyard owners in Marlborough and the top 20 wineries in New Zealand in terms of total sales.

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    Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

    Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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    Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

    In the Glass

    Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

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    Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

    SOU96843_2005 Item# 88313

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