This is what I call a bread-and-honey wine. It’s one of my favorite flavor profiles for a Sauvignon Blanc (the other being grapefruit and flowers). The wine is not actually sweet, but it manages to provide the aroma and flavor of honey, or perhaps a honeydew melon. There’s also a slightly yeasty component, not as noticeable in this wine as in some. The finish lasts and lasts.
It’s made in Monterey by Delicato Family Vineyards, a producer focusing on biodiversity and sustainable practices in the vineyards. I was particularly intrigued by this clever idea:
The viticulturists at San Bernabe and Clay Station vineyards have developed specially-designed owl nesting boxes. These nocturnal predators hunt down and consume pesky rodents that damage tender young vines.
Amusingly, the family name is not Delicato but Indelicato. The founder was Gasparé who came from Campobello, Italy. They are up to three generations now. I love this kind of story!
Sounds absolutely delightful. Still warm here, so this sounds perfect.
I’m envious of your weather! We are well into Fall here.
And 17 days later here, it finally gets down to a nice, crisp 65 degrees for Fall. (I can hear you laughing from here.)
Neat to read about their sustainable practices. Looks delicious.
Yes, it’s great when environmentally friendly practices produce such a delicious product!
I am a huge fan of Sav Blanc. When I worked at a winery we had an absolutely knock your socks off batch of it when we had the first run of its harvest, but for some unexplained reason, the owner sat on it and wouldn’t release it until sadly it was passed its prime. When I think of all those bottles that never had the opportunity to be tasted at their peak of perfection it makes me shrivel up a little inside. Ah well.
Many thanks for the new suggestion. I’ll see if I can’t hunt it down. Sounds worthy.
What a story! I wonder what the owner was thinking? Sauv Blanc doesn’t seem to be a wine that benefits from lengthy aging. Unlike certain Beautiful Men I know 🙂