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The White Knight Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Sauvignon Blanc from Lodi, California
  • TP92
13% ABV
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3.4 156 Ratings
13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Fresh and exciting, this Sauvignon Blanc provides a sensory dance with aromas of sweet chive, playful grapefruit and summer melon. An interlude of white peach, gooseberry and a splash of lime flavors follow. Crisp and dry, a luscious mid-palate swirls about the mouth while this wine reveals hints of passion fruit before a nicely-balanced, mineral-laced finish.

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Grapefruit sweetness, not tart, and summer melon are the first hints that this wine has a special persona. Floral cherry blossoms on the nose and on the steely palate perform gracefully and crisply.
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The White Knight

The White Knight

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The White Knight, California
Swooping in to rescue the palate from ordinary wines, the sense of adventure of The White Knight is impossible to resist. Clad in shining armor, this charming knight provides a sensual escape from the mundane. Slip away to a secret meadow, take in a vibrant sunset, dance the night away with friends, or sip in the paradise of quiet candlelight.

Special occasions are waiting to happen every day, as they should. Solid and trustworthy,TheWhite Knight is anything but a bore. Stimulating. Striking. Satisfying. The White Knight’s engaging wines command attention in the glass, tantalizing the lips before the taste buds fall hard.

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Positioned between the San Francisco Bay and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Lodi appellation, while relatively far inland, is able to maintain a classic Mediterranean climate featuring warm, sunny days and cool evenings. This is because the appellation is uniquely situated at the end of the Sacramento River Delta, which brings chilly, afternoon “delta breezes” to the area during the growing season.

Lodi is a premier source of 100+ year old ancient Zinfandel vineyards—some dating back as far as 1888! With low yields of small berries, these heritage vines produce complex and bold wines, concentrated in rich and voluptuous, dark fruit.

But Lodi doesn’t just produce Zinfandel; in fact, the appellation produces high quality wines from over 100 different grape varieties. Among them are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc as well as some of California's more rare and unique grapes. Lodi is recognized as an ideal spot for growing Spanish varieties like Albarino and Tempranillo, Portugese varieties—namely Touriga Nacional—as well as many German, Italian and French varieties.

Soil types vary widely among Lodi’s seven sub-appellations (Cosumnes River, Alta Mesa, Deer Creek Hills, Borden Ranch, Jahant, Clements Hills and Mokelumne River). The eastern hills are clay-based and rocky and in the west, along the Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers, sandy and mineral-heavy soils support the majority of Lodi’s century-old own-rooted Zinfandel vineyards. Unique to Lodi are pink Rocklin-Jahant loam soils, mainly found in the Jahant sub-appellation.

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Sauvignon Blanc

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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 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-Fumé. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California's style is fruit-driven, in either a soft and oak-aged or snappy and fresh version.

Perfect Pairings

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 matches well with complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier 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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