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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  • Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Napa Valley 2005


    Full in the mouth, there is a mineral edge too - the citric acidity comes to the fore on the finish while citrus is also the primary flavour. To this though you can add a segment of orange peel, a little melon, a drip of honey and a dash of vanilla. A good intensity and finish. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Pellegrini Sauvignon Blanc Napa County Leveroni Vineyard 2007


    This is a wonderful "light" wine. We first tried it out of the Vinotemp at a temperature of 60 degrees. Next we tried it a bit cooler and the spice and freshness came out much better. It is a GREAT light wine for a hot summer evening, luncheon or start of a dinner party. Very clean and crisp but as I said earlier better a bit on the chillier... Read More

    Wine review by Jon of Sonoma

  • Mud House Wines Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008


    A very tempered Sauv Blanc. Mild with a soft grassiness and some solid peach notes. Very gentle for a NZ SB. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Cape Campbell Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    Opens with a bit of a spritz. Lighter than many NZ Sauvignon Blanc's. Lemony, but with very little of the traditional grassiness. Mineral finish. Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008


    Cats pee on the nose - rather pungent. Very acidic, with a straw like character. Low fruit, but citrus fruits come through: limes. Decent finish Read More

    Wine review by Philip

  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006


    This pales in contrast to any sauvignon blanc I've had from the Marlborough, especially Kim Crawford. Read More

    Wine review by jeffmacintyre

  • Serve the wine at the right temperatureOne frequently reads that red wines ... ... ... whites such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio.One thing to keep in mind is that soap residue, off odors from the storage cabinet and even heavily chlorinated water from the tap can all have a large impact on your appreciation of a wine. Always c... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A few simple pointers for...

  • By far the most famous appellation in California, and for that matter in the ... valley are well suited to Sauvignon Blanc and the standard trio of red grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and in particular Zinfandel do very well here in the rich, alluvial soils of the valley floor, where the vineyards lie, producing big, lushly fruited wines t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What Were Why - Napa Valley's...

  • Kim Crawford New Zealand Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Anund

  • Hanna Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by smibrian

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