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2012 Voss Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

Voss Vineyards makes Sauvignon Blanc from a single, organically-farmed vineyard in the Yountville AVA. In past  years, the wine has been made solely in stainless steel. In 2012, however, they experimented with a little bit of wood. Ten percent of the juice was fermented in a combination of new and used French oak. The result is a softer wine with richer body, but no obvious oak flavors.

The 2012 Voss Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley has a gentle nose featuring sweet grapefruit, citrus blossoms and notes of tropical fruit. On the palate, body is medium to medium-plus with a soft, creamy mouthfeel. The flavors are a very attractive melange of sweet and sour fruit: sweet grapefruit, lemon, pineapple and other tropical fruit. This is not an in-your-face Sauvignon Blanc, nor is it austere and mineral-driven. It’s the Sauvignon Blanc next door—friendly, pretty in an understated way, and easy to spend time with. At just 12% alcohol it’s a relatively innocent pleasure too. Drink now through 2014. Recommended+.

2012 Voss Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
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Rating: Recommended+

Drink: Now through 2014
Bottling Date: January 20, 2013

Closure: Screwcap
Production: 2,500 cases
Retail Price: $18.00

Winemaker: Michael Lancaster

Origin: Yountville AVA, Napa Valley
Fermentation: 90% stainless, 10% new and neutral French oak barrels
Aging: none
Alcohol: 12.0%

Service Recommendations

Decanting: not required

Temperature: 50º - 54º F

Food Pairings: white fish (grilled, pan-seared or steamed), Salad Nicoise, Tom Ka Gai soup

The wine above was received as a sample for review.

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