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2011 Peltier Station “Hybrid” Sauvignon Blanc

Lodi is well known as a source for good value red wines and for old-vine Zinfandel. Deservedly so. However, Lodi also delivers a lot of good wines from outside those categories. There are delicious and varietally-correct made from varieties uncommon in the United States, such as Uvaggio Vermentino, Alta Mesa Verdelho and a range of Iberian-varietal wines from Bokisch.

Not all of the good stuff comes from under-the-radar varieties though. The 2011 Peltier Station “Hybrid” Sauvignon Blanc is fine expression of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s crisp and offers a range of fruit flavors. It’s even low enough in alcohol to make an afternoon of backyard sipping relatively guilt free.

Peltier Station winemaker JC van Staden’s started in the wine business in his native South Africa and his 2011 reminds me very much of South African Sauvignon Blanc. The nose is focused on tart fruit: gooseberry, grapefruit and pineapple with side notes of peach and mineral. The palate is medium-bodied and bone dry with flavors of grapefruit and lime.

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This isn’t a complicated wine and some Sauvignon Blanc fans might prefer a bit of oak or more ripe fruit. But I find it pleasingly zesty with a generous, dry finish. It’s an excellent choice for hot summer afternoons and fresh vegetables from your garden. And it's especially hard to beat at $8. Drink now through 2013. Recommended.

2011 Peltier Station “Hybrid” Sauvignon Blanc

Rating: Recommended
Drink: now - 2013
Release Date: March 2012
Closure: Screwcap
Production: 1,200 cases
Retail Price: $8.00

Winemaker: JC van Staden
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Lodi AVA
Fermentation: 24 hour, anaerobic cold soak on skins after crush, fermented at 50 degrees for 15 days in stainless steel
Alcohol: 12.7%

Service Recommendations
Decanting: Not recommended
Temperature: 50º - 54º F
Food Pairings: Green salads, salad nicoise, fish tacos

The wine above was purchased for review.

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