Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc 2012MADE BY SALINIA WINE COMPANY IN SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA
If you’re a fan of Sauvignon Blanc you might already know that this wine from Salinia Wine Company is a little different (in a good way!). First of all, it’s a natural wine, made without chemicals and with minimal technological intervention. Bursting with funkier aromas of tropical pineapple and passionfruit, this one’s drier and less sweet than what’s typical for the Bordeaux-native grape.
Here’s what really sets it apart, though: Winemaker Kevin Kelley harvests green grapes from 45-year-old vines grown on the vineyard in Santa Rosa, California, and ferments half with skins on for about a month, which lends a deep, golden, toasted straw color. He ferments the other half whole cluster (no skins), for 45 days.
The halves are united for a 32-month age in barrels made with acacia tree wood. By using an alternative to traditional oak, Kevin gets subtle notes of vanilla into the wine without an overbearing, well, oakiness.
tip of the tongue
One sip of this dry, tannic wine just primes your Mouth for a bite of something rich. Pair this Sauv Blanc with your favorite funky cheese, briny oysters, or a bowl of Rhode Island clam chowder (less creamy than Boston’s take, and made without the Manhattan-style tomatoes).