Friday, June 1, 2012

Climbing Higher with Clif Family Winery's Sauv. Blanc

A little while back I went to Good Earth in Fairfax, CA and found out that they have a small, but pretty amazing collection of wine.  The amazing part was that in discussing with their wine dude, who was right on the scene to help with any questions customers have, I found out that all of their wines are either, organic, biodynamic, or at a minimum sustainable.

I picked up a bottle of  the 2010 "The Climber" Sauvignon Blanc from Clif Family Winery ($14).  This is a blend of 80% Sauv. Blanc, 12% Riesling, 7% Viognier, and 1% Muscat Blanc.  Before you ask, yes this is from the company that created delicious Clif bars (which I love when I'm biking or for a snack.)  According to their website they contracted the grapes from mostly sustainable and organic vineyards.  Which in my mind extends this wine from a fair to a good qpr.

I enjoyed this wine.  It is an ideal wine for warm summer afternoons along the coast or for sparking memories of those days.  I think the additional aromatic grapes really enhanced the wine above being a simple S. Blanc.  The wine was a pale greenish-yellow hue with grapefruit, orange blossom, ginger, and tropical notes on the nose.  The wine tasted mostly of green apple and lime with notes of ginger and light spices.  It also had a slight butteriness from extended time on the lees to add more body.  The wine was of medium weight with viscosity added from the Viognier and a short finish.  

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