About this time every year, we anticipate the glorious cool days of autumn, when temperatures drop, school starts, college football begins, and stores begin to put the holiday decorations in windows. Oh wait, all of that is happening now. But. temperatures remain scorching. You and your palate are screaming for relief. Thankfully, cool Sauvignon Blanc comes to the rescue. I promise that toasting with one of these refreshing beauties will do the trick, making you wish summer would last all year.
Flora Springs Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc ($60) is consistently one of my favorite white wines from Napa Valley. Flora Springs worked with UC Davis to designate their Soliloquy clone of Sauvignon Blanc as a unique, individual clone in the 1980s. With unique character of delivering a textured, multi-layered wine, Soliloquy Sauvignon Blanc melds ripe golden mango, guava, and candied lemon peel with soft herbal notes. Though the flavor of the wine is delicious, the texture makes us fall in love over and over again. Silky and luscious, with a creamy, round palate thanks to seven months of French oak aging. Sip slowly and enjoy.
Juicy, vibrant, and refreshing, Ladera Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($40) blends two clones of the variety grown in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, creating a luscious, layered wine that has structure with balance. Bright and crisp, with ripe grapefruit, golden melon, and tropical kiwi fruit with a slightly floral, herbaceous note.
Benziger Paradiso de Maria Sauvignon Blanc ($36) is meticulously farmed following Demeter Certified Biodynamic methods in the Benziger family estate in Sonoma Valley. Focusing on clean, green farming to protect Mother Earth has been a leading driver for Benziger for years. Stewardship of the land protects the environment while delivering authentic, varietally correct wines. The Paradiso de Maria Sauvignon Blanc displays this by delivering a refreshingly vibrant, energetic wine layering ripe citrus, tropical lilikoi, crushed stone, and a soft grassy note.
Blending nine vineyard sites throughout Sonoma County, Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc ($24) highlights the best of the region with a lively, clean, approachable offering. Each lot is vinified individually and blended after fermentation to ensure the most balanced expression of the wine is revealed. The wine is also very briefly aged in French oak (just 27 days) to round out the expressive palate. The wine opens with bright aromatic notes of white flowers and citrus blossom, followed by a juicy, ripe palate of golden citrus, nectarine and peach stone fruit, honeydew melon, ripe mango, and guava wrapped around a mineral core. An easy wine to enjoy on its own, pair with fresh seafood or shellfish.
With a focus on freshness, enhanced by utilizing whole cluster fermentation, Decoy Sauvignon Blanc ($25) leaps from the glass with punchy aromas of lemon zest and lychee fruit. Delicate and fresh, the palate of crisp lemon-lime and grapefruit meld with floral freesia and jasmine, with just a touch of grassy herbal notes. An easy wine to enjoy all summer.