The 2011 Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc has bright aromas of Meyer lemon and key lime balanced, and made more complex, by notes of passionfruit and honeysuckle. The wine is round on the palate with mouth-watering acidity and a light, refreshing finish.
Wine Spectator 89 points - Honeysuckle and peach blossom aromatics are intriguing, giving way to honeydew melon, Key lime pie and peach flavors, with a vividly bright and very refreshing acidity. Drink now. 49,475 cases made. From California. M.W.
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Wine Spectator: Lemongrass, Meyer lemon, apple and tangy apricot flavors are aromatic, bright and very refreshing, with fresh ginger on the finish. Drink now. 34,562 cases made.
Wine maker notes
Throughout California, 2011 was a great vintage for Sauvignon Blanc. An unusually long, cool growing season allowed more citrus and bright tropical fruit aromatics to develop, and cool nights helped maintain the fruitís natural acidity. Fruit grown in marine-influenced Monterey, where moderate temperatures create a slow-ripening process and more complex flavors, makes up the base of this Sauvignon Blanc. Our favorite vineyard in Monterey grows the Sauvignon Musque clone of Sauvignon Blanc which has rich tropical and floral aromas. These characteristics combined with the citrus notes prevalent in Lake County fruit and minerality from Russian River fruit make for a refreshing, food-friendly blend. To preserve the wineís fruit and acidity, it is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, five percent of which are smaller stainless steel drums that give the wine added texture and roundness from sur lie aging.
At Trinchero Family Estates, our passion for winemaking and delivering the most inspiring flavors from around the globe began more than 60 years ago. In 1947, brothers John and Mario Trinchero traveled to St. Helena, California, near the renowned Napa Valley growing region, and purchased Sutter Home Winery. With its first Sutter Home harvest in 1948, the Trinchero Family crushed three tons of grapes, beginning a long and fruitful history as one of the world’s leading producers of fine wines.
As the Trinchero family expanded, so too did the company. Mario’s son Bob joined the team in 1958, eventually becoming the head winemaker after his uncle John retired. Bob focused on growing his family’s efforts, and just 10 years after coming on board, he helped Sutter Home become the first north coast winery to produce commercial wine from Sierra Foothill grapes. He even developed the revolutionary White Zinfandel varietal, which he perfected through innovation, creativity, and a bit of luck in suffering through a ”stuck” fermentation in 1975. With the help of his brother Roger, his wife Evelyn, and his sister Vera, Bob was able to capitalize on the growing demand for White Zinfandel and expand Sutter Home even further.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the Trinchero family continued its efforts to produce high-quality, affordably priced varietal wines by purchasing several more California vineyards in areas with choice weather and soil conditions. The family has never lost sight of Sutter Home’s original philosophy to offer ”a great product for a fair price,” even as it acquired more vineyards and additional wineries.
Today, with Roger Trinchero leading the way, Trinchero Family Estates represents over 27 brands in the United States and Australia, including Sutter Home, Little Boomey, Menage a Trois, Napa Cellars, and Trinchero Napa Valley. Sutter Home is also the proud sponsor of the Build a Better Burger contest, which pits culinary contestants in an annual burger cookoff to win cash prizes and bragging rites. In all, the last 60 years have been a period of heavy growth and exciting innovation for the Trinchero family, and we look forward to enjoying many more successful years to come.
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