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2010 Quivira Refuge Sauvignon Blanc

Though the 2011 has just been released, the 2010 Quivira Refuge Sauvignon Blanc is holding up wonderfully. I poured a bottle the other day as part of a blind, panel tasting of Northern California Sauvignon Blanc varietals. The 2010 Quivira Refuge was our unanimous favorite. quivira_refuge_2011

A quick sniff told us all that the wine was made in the style of Fumé Blanc (or Bordeaux Blanc). There is oak-aged complexity in the aromas. It’s simultaneously pretty and bold with scents of white peach, dry grass, oak and spice in the fore. Grapefruit, white pepper and chive add interest.

In the mouth, it’s very fresh and flavorful with medium-plus body and some texture from sur lie aging. Spice, white flowers and grapefruit pith embellish the core of ripe peach. Best now through 2013. Highly Recommended

2010 Quivira Refuge Sauvignon Blanc
Rating: Highly Recommended
Drink: Now through 2013
Release Date: October 2011
Closure: Cork
Production: 250 cases
Retail Price: $28.00

Winemaker: Hugh Chappelle
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: biodynamic vineyards in Dry Creek Valley AVA, Sonoma County
Fermentation: Begun in stainless steel and then transferred to acacia and neutral French oak barrels, no malolactic fermentation
Aging: 6 months sur lie in acacia and neutral French oak barrels
Alcohol: 14.2%

Service Recommendations
Decanting: Not recommended
Temperature: 52º - 56º F
Food Pairings: White fish, braised in butter and white wine, on creamed potatoes

The wine above was provided by the winery for review.

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