Sauvignon Blanc

(aka. Blanc Fume, Fume Blanc, Savagnin Musque)

Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and often assumes the moniker ‘Fume Blanc’. This popular synonym, credited to Napa’s Robert Mondavi, derives from the grape’s historic home of Pouilly in France’s Upper Loire Valley, where Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant varietal and goes locally by the name of ‘Blanc Fumé’. This noble grape is also successfully grown in Washington State and in New York on Long Island. In Canada, the variety is establishing a foothold in both the Niagara region of Ontario and British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

When treated with respect and afforded suitable growing conditions, it is one of the wine world’s darlings. Dry wines made from this grape are characterized by steely, racy acidity, green, gooseberry fruit, asparagus and a grassy, herbaceous character. It is rarely oaked, except in California, where it has often been subjected to Read more »

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  • This is likely going to be a difficult search. Wine Searcher shows only an ... ... even happier with some NZ sauvignon blanc, if any had been lolling about) at our place when I was away on a trip. I had specifically mentioned to her a couple of times that that section of the wine racks was off-limits. Inebriation and arm-twisting by a friend a... Read More

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  • I found your site when I was searching for information on the Arcadian Winery of the Finger Lakes. The reason, you ask?  I opened a bottle of pinot noir from this very estate for guests at a dinner party at our home, not realizing it was the only such bottle that my boyfriend owned, and that the winery no longer existed.  The wine was enjoyed by... Read More

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  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014


    Not bad at all. Loads of acidity and citrus and stone fruit along with fresh and young green grass. Had it on its own, but would be far better with food. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • but if you're sending Pinot Noir or heaven forbid, Sauv Blanc, as Napagirl ... ... an Albariño for a Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire. I even thought to myself that it really wasn't a bad SB, so it had to be from the Loire, where they're at least drinkable. But of course, since it was good, it wasn't SB at all. I could claim I recognized the Atl... Read More

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  • "Sauvignon Blanc no big deal, how about a South African SB?  How about an '06 SA SB?"SB and chenin blanc are the default whites for SA. Usually they're pretty good at them. I generally prefer SA SBs to those from NZ.Want any more acronyms?? Read More

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  • Chateau Grand Renom Blanc 2014


    This is the freshest, most zingy, leafy and fun Sauvignon Blanc I have had for the price from Entre-Deux-Mers. It is also quite New World without the spritz and floral aspect one gets from (say) Marlborough NZ. Clean, but with French gravitas - the wine has gooseberry and lawn grass notes on the palate. Very good value from France. Good acid... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Candle Magic Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2014


    I recently discovered the Sauvignon Blanc from Candle Magic Vineyards and I have to say that I was extremely impressed. This was a great find. (I tried their Cabernet Sauvignon too, by the way, and that was excellent as well.) Their Sauvignon Blanc is so crisp and refreshing. Perfect with food or on its own. I particularly like drinking it on... Read More

    Wine review by MRSBCO

  • Candle Magic Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    I found the Cabernet Sauvignon from Candle Magic Vineyards to be an excellent ... ... (I also tried their Sauvignon Blanc, by the way Read More

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  • Cousiño-Macul Isidora Savignon Gris 2013


    A bit muted, this has a bit of petrol and lemon notes on the nose. In the mouth there's more of a showing of fruit, with juicy nectarine and peach flavors taking the lead and mellowing into a citrusy acidity on the finish.87 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Brancott Estate 2014


    Grassy and herbal immediately in the nose, this also has a touch of petrol and then some lime, lemon and melon coming through as well. In the mouth this is zesty and lively, with a bit of effervescence, some white pepper, classic herbal green pepper and lemon notes, some dill and even a tropical fruit note. Very characterful and classic for Marl... Read More

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