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Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

#51 Post by Uli K. » September 12th, 2020, 4:42 pm

Dan Kravitz wrote:
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I set $30 as a ceiling, not a floor!

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I like Grgich Hills SB, but IIRC it needs some bottle age, not remotely a fault, but a consideration.
K&L is blowing out the 2017 at $22/bottle right now: https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1474627

So that may help a little bit on both fronts... I picked up three yesterday.
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#52 Post by Kris Patten » September 12th, 2020, 4:45 pm

Dan Kravitz wrote:
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Wow! A lot of great replies, including old faves, names I know for wines other than SB and completely new names. I have to comment that most of you misread my OP. I set $30 as a ceiling, not a floor!

Some comments on some specifics: Spotteswoode has been a special-occasion go-to for me for decades, including the Sauvignon Blanc, which is barely over my limit and well worth it.

Heitz!?! I've probably had 50 Heitz wines in the last 50 years, I don't ever remember a Sauvignon Blanc! At ~$20, I'm in.

Thanks to Ed Steinway who hit a trifecta for me. Love Cliff Lede as a producer, haven't had the SB but an easy one to try. I've had several vintages of Frog's Leap, always enjoyed them, time to revisit. And Dry Creek has been a favorite for decades, although I drink more of their reds than whites.

Massican is at my limit, but so many reccos that I will try it.

I like Grgich Hills SB, but IIRC it needs some bottle age, not remotely a fault, but a consideration.

Becheur sounds great for many reasons, don't know how I'll get it to Maine, but I'm going to try. Charles Krug is a favorite.

There are a few suggestion from producers I prefer not to buy from, for various reasons: Duckhorn, Quintessa, Robert Mondavi, Martin Ray.

But so many great suggestions that I will have lots of new things to try.

Thanks, board!

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Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

#53 Post by Brian Tuite » September 12th, 2020, 5:41 pm

Dan Kravitz wrote:
September 12th, 2020, 3:55 pm
Wow! A lot of great replies, including old faves, names I know for wines other than SB and completely new names. I have to comment that most of you misread my OP. I set $30 as a ceiling, not a floor!

Some comments on some specifics: Spotteswoode has been a special-occasion go-to for me for decades, including the Sauvignon Blanc, which is barely over my limit and well worth it.

Heitz!?! I've probably had 50 Heitz wines in the last 50 years, I don't ever remember a Sauvignon Blanc! At ~$20, I'm in.

Thanks to Ed Steinway who hit a trifecta for me. Love Cliff Lede as a producer, haven't had the SB but an easy one to try. I've had several vintages of Frog's Leap, always enjoyed them, time to revisit. And Dry Creek has been a favorite for decades, although I drink more of their reds than whites.

Massican is at my limit, but so many reccos that I will try it.

I like Grgich Hills SB, but IIRC it needs some bottle age, not remotely a fault, but a consideration.

Becheur sounds great for many reasons, don't know how I'll get it to Maine, but I'm going to try. Charles Krug is a favorite.

There are a few suggestion from producers I prefer not to buy from, for various reasons: Duckhorn, Quintessa, Robert Mondavi, Martin Ray.

But so many great suggestions that I will have lots of new things to try.

Thanks, board!

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Re: Cali Cab producers who make fine Sauvignon Blanc

#54 Post by Keith_B » September 13th, 2020, 5:41 am

I grabbed a few bottles of Massican SB (and Annia) yesterday. Looking forward to trying them. Both at $29.99.
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#55 Post by Bruce Rudman » September 13th, 2020, 6:35 am

Riverain and Myriad/Quivet are both in your price ceiling, both make cab, and both are mighty tasty.
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#56 Post by M. Taylor » September 13th, 2020, 11:20 am

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#57 Post by Greg Ossi » September 13th, 2020, 9:09 pm

Second the Myriad/Quivet recommendation. Mike Smith's SB wines are simply delicious.

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#58 Post by Mike S. » September 13th, 2020, 9:42 pm

Shared Notes..This is expensive but the best of the best. Two great winemakers. This much like a bordeaux white from a Grand Cru house.
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#59 Post by Ian Dorin » September 14th, 2020, 4:44 am

Purely staying with Cab producers.

Mondavi I Block Fume is outstanding.

Larkmead, no question.

Hourglass is super solid, and if it still holds true, is from Larkmead (it was when they launched it).

Mending Wall's white (it's a blend) is also outstanding, but may not qualify here since there is Semillon in it.
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#60 Post by Jeff VanDenbussche » September 14th, 2020, 5:56 am

We have enjoyed Jean Edwards, Bedrock, and Honig (especially the Rutherford) this summer.

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#61 Post by Rich Salsano » September 14th, 2020, 6:15 am

Ehlers, Massican and Crocker and Starr are probably my favorites with Massican being #1
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#62 Post by N Lang » September 14th, 2020, 6:26 am

Alpha Omega makes a good one as well.
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#63 Post by Jay Miller » September 14th, 2020, 6:37 am

I have no idea of quality or price post-purchase but Mayacamas used to make a fantastic version.
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#64 Post by CJ Beazley » September 14th, 2020, 7:07 am

Off the radar, but Round Pond makes a nice one and its a bargain.
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#65 Post by Marc Hauser » September 14th, 2020, 7:13 am

Massican is for sure going over your limit by a few bucks.

One that hits all your criteria, but a bit tougher to find, is Truchard Vineyard’s SB. Around $17.

More widely distributed are Hanna and Elizabeth Spencer, both in that price range.
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#66 Post by David Baum » September 14th, 2020, 8:36 am

Jeff VanDenbussche wrote:
September 14th, 2020, 5:56 am
We have enjoyed Jean Edwards, Bedrock, and Honig (especially the Rutherford) this summer.
Honig Reserve SB aka Rutherford is great under the radar wine. Very different than their standard bottling. Been enjoying it for years and it's priced very well too

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#67 Post by JeremyMullman » September 16th, 2020, 5:19 am

I’d second Jean Edwards and Bedrock.

Also would add Turley. Somewhat hard to find but super tasty.

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#68 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » September 16th, 2020, 5:29 am

I'm still struggling with the premise. Fine Sauvignon Blanc? I am unaware of such a thing. ;)
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#69 Post by Gabe Berk » September 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm

Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D).

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#70 Post by Juliec » September 16th, 2020, 12:29 pm

Disclaimer, I’m not a Sauvignon Blanc fan. Malk Sauvignon Blanc is one that I always enjoy, it doesn’t go through MF, has a decent level of acidity, and is not too grassy. A friend that is a SB fan loves this CB. Meets the price point and is lower during sale/club disc.
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#71 Post by John Webber » September 16th, 2020, 1:50 pm

mattlock wrote:
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La Pelle...it’s a bit higher than your price point mentioned at $45 but I always really enjoy it.
Another vote for La Pelle.

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#72 Post by Sjmotta » September 16th, 2020, 1:54 pm

Gabe Berk wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D).
I've seen Bevan SB on the shelves at retailers here, and each time I've seen it the wine looked really cloudy and that turned me off from purchasing. Is that just what these look like? And if so, why?
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#73 Post by John Glas » September 16th, 2020, 2:30 pm

We had a lot of Cliff Lede SB this summer.
Another one also. Cheap and under $20

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#74 Post by Kris Patten » September 16th, 2020, 6:08 pm

Sjmotta wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Gabe Berk wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D).
I've seen Bevan SB on the shelves at retailers here, and each time I've seen it the wine looked really cloudy and that turned me off from purchasing. Is that just what these look like? And if so, why?
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#75 Post by Andy Sc » September 16th, 2020, 6:24 pm

By far the best Sauvignon Blanc, in my opinion, is the one from Dana (easily eclipses Screaming Eagle which is not better than many others). These days rather 200+ a bottle, so not an everyday wine and far above the 30$ limit.
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#76 Post by Gabe Berk » September 17th, 2020, 7:23 am

Sjmotta wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 1:54 pm
Gabe Berk wrote:
September 16th, 2020, 12:22 pm
Bevan. Napa Cabs are killer and their $32 single vineyard SB is extremely delicious (from Sonoma county though :-D).
I've seen Bevan SB on the shelves at retailers here, and each time I've seen it the wine looked really cloudy and that turned me off from purchasing. Is that just what these look like? And if so, why?
Unfiltered which gives the wine weightier mouth feel. Retains more fruit aroma and taste...supposedly. Great buy at $32.

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#77 Post by JohnP » September 17th, 2020, 7:41 am

I was blown away by Brasswood's SB at $30 or so. Heavily oak'd but had nice weight and acidity that brought it together.

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Morlet - CA version of Haut Brion Blanc
Realm - Napa mimicking NZ, it's a wild and over-the-top, you either love it or hate it- I freaking love it!
Eisele - Debatable, probably Napa's best textbook SB for under $100, never disappoints
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#78 Post by Fred Bower » September 17th, 2020, 4:29 pm

The Mondavi was one of the first Sauvignon Blancs I ever really liked and I believe it might be the first wine I ever ordered off of a restaurant list --- seafood place and good price was a slam dunk. I haven't had it in years.

I don't know what it goes for now, as I'm off the list, but the Rochioli used to be ~$35 off the list and was one I would take all I could get of. They have since started doing a Reserve bottling that doesn't do it for me, but the basic stuff is worth a look if you get a chance.

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#79 Post by Sean_S » September 18th, 2020, 6:35 pm

Marty Mathis at Kathryn Kennedy here in the SCM makes a really nice Sauvignon blanc and its $20 at K&L

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2018 SB is now the wine being offered by the case at an attractive discount (12% off the public price).  

Very much like a Sancerre or Poully Fume
With flint soil and toasted cracker notes and aromas reminiscent of a warm buttery lemon crumble in this rich and powerful nose.
Ideally balanced between round texture from bottle development and lively lemon flavored acidity
An unusually long smooth finish for SB.  Begs for a place at the big kids dinner table with poultry covered in rich sauces more so than as a simple patio quaffer
2018 is a special vintage and when given this extra consideration for service, IMO it rises to a world class standard for Sauvignon

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#80 Post by Trevor Looney » September 18th, 2020, 9:45 pm

My cousin used to be the winemaker at Provenance and when I would visit I would stock up on their Sauvignon Blanc. It was really good and around $20-$25. I haven't had it in a few years though.

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