10 White Wines for Spring

Great transitional wines for the season we've been waiting for!


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Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc

While I like crisp, zesty Sauvignon Blanc, I tend to think of it as more of a summer wine. As a lead up to those heights of brightness, I like to prime the pump with a softer, rounder, richer version of Sauvignon, one that has some barrel age, maybe blended with a bit of Semillon too.

That's white Bordeaux and West Coast Sauvignon Blanc territory in my mind, with both regions producing many great examples. The Bordeaux tend to be a bit leaner with the oak being somewhat more obvious. The fruit in Bordeaux is subtle, elegant and complex when compared to the New World's big, rich, bold fruit which embraces the oak and incorporates it a bit better.

Two to try:

2009 Delille Cellars Chaleur Estate

2010 Graville Lacoste

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  • Snooth User: Lenagel
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    I love the arrival of spring too and I think you are so right, you have to be prepared. A moment too late and you will be in the scorching summer. I am very interested in your selection, I will tell you how I celebrated Springtime last year was by spending Easter in the South of Burgundy and we discovered a marvelous producer called Jean-Pierre Michel a stone's throw from where we were staying, we loved his Viré Clessé "Terroirs de Quintaine", and his Macon Village just a touch greener that was such a perfect pre-dinner drink.

    Mar 22, 2012 at 3:57 AM

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