Sauvignon Blanc is such a beautiful wine, and offers plenty of styles for a variety of taste buds. From the grassy, high acid crisp styles from New Zealand to the beautifully sweet Sauternes of France, Sauvignon Blanc is also widely cultivated in Chile, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Washington and California. Some New World Sauvignon Blancs, particularly from California, may also be called “Fume Blanc.”
One of our stand-out favorites is the Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Cornerstone Cellars and the 2012 is a beautiful expression of the grape. Elegant aromatics of the tropics — pineapple, honeysuckle and ripe honeydew melon dance from the glass with a lemon peel and bright citrus chorus, backed by a rounded depth of character. Released in late Fall of 2014, the wine is drinking beautifully nearly a year later, and promises to age gracefully for another four. Bottled in Spring 2013, it’s a White Label “Winery Exclusive.”
Cornerstone Cellars Managing Partner, and all around great guy Craig Camp tells us, “In Bordeaux they add sémillon to add richness, but in the Napa Valley we can achieve that depth with the sauvignon blanc variety alone letting the pure essence of this noble variety shine.” Indeed.
Alcohol by Volume 14.1% Priced at $30
Pairing: We paired ours with fresh tuna tartare topped with toasted sesame seeds on a bed of butter lettuce and mixed greens with fresh sliced avocado spritzed with lemon. It would complement any shellfish and would also work well with a Lobster Mac and Cheese or Maryland Crab Cake.
To enjoy it with the fabulous lobster starter they offer on the long haul flights in British Airways Club World business class would be heaven itself.
For reviews of previous Cornerstone Cellars Sauvignon Blanc vintages see
Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Vertical (2009, 2010, 2011 — May 9, 2014)
New Sauvignon Blanc on the Block: Cornerstone Cellars (2009 just released — April 11, 2010)