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Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc Mendocino 2017

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Tasting Notes: This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, lovingly inspired by the Loire Valley. White peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossom aromas erupt from the glass. These aromatics carry through and lend a dry fruitiness to the mineral driven pallet. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish. Vineyards: The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc comes from two organically farmed vineyards of impeccable quality. The core of this wine comes from the Gibson vineyard, which sits on the Talmage Bench just east of Ukiah. These old vines give the wine its citrus and mineral elements. We compliment that with grapes from the McFadden vineyard, located at the far edge of Potter Valley. The grapes from these vines lend a harmonizing floral quality and ripeness to the finished wine. Winemaking: Our Sauvignon Blanc is made in a certified organic, carbon-neutral winery. The fruit was allowed to macerate for several hours in the press, allowing it extract aromatics and just the right amount of astringency from the gently broken skin. It was then fermented in stainless steel in order to showcase the exquisite varietal character. “Sur lie aging” prior to bottling enhanced the wine’s aromatics, structure, complexity, and mouth feel. Alcohol: 13%

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Elizabeth Spencer Wines:
Elizabeth Spencer Wines, located in the heart of Napa Valley in Rutherford, is an artisan producer of varietal wines from some of the best wine regions in Northern California. The belief of Elizabeth Spencer is that wine should be delicious and representative of its appellation of origin. We make wines to drink - inviting wines that we, our friends and our customers truly enjoy. Elizabeth Spencer wines are characterized by intensity and purity of flavor.

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Snooth User: pboss
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 01/02/2014

Three glasses


Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/05/2011

What a wacky wine. The crisp fruit is basically cut off by a left turn into a smoky finish. Unique stuff but doesnt have that refreshing bite of other CA SBlancs. Had the 2008


Snooth User: mesrick
1335954
0.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/08/2009

Most food friendly grenache I have ever had. Very light, but still has all the elements of a great grenache. I buy this all the time, and its especially good for its price point.


Snooth User: mesrick
1335954
5.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/08/2009

Five glasses


External Reviews for Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc Mendocino

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
07/19/2018

Tasting Notes: This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, lovingly inspired by the Loire Valley. White peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossom aromas erupt from the glass. These aromatics carry through and lend a dry fruitiness to the mineral driven pallet. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish. Vineyards: The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc comes from two organically farmed vineyards of impeccable quality. The core of this wine comes from the Gibson vineyard, which sits on the Talmage Bench just east of Ukiah. These old vines give the wine its citrus and mineral elements. We compliment that with grapes from the McFadden vineyard, located at the far edge of Potter Valley. The grapes from these vines lend a harmonizing floral quality and ripeness to the finished wine. Winemaking: Our Sauvignon Blanc is made in a certified organic, carbon-neutral winery. The fruit was allowed to macerate for several hours in the press, allowing it extract aromatics and just the right amount of astringency from the gently broken skin. It was then fermented in stainless steel in order to showcase the exquisite varietal character. “Sur lie aging” prior to bottling enhanced the wine’s aromatics, structure, complexity, and mouth feel. Alcohol: 13%


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2016 04/12/2017

Tasting Notes: Pale straw yellow, very clear. The aromas in this wine are very complex with white peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossoms erupting from the glass. The fruit aromatics carry through on the entry and lend a dry frutiness to the mineral driven pallet. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity. This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish. Vintage: Mendocino saw a near-ideal growing season in 2016. After 3 hard drought years, late winter and spring rains provided a much needed foundation for the vintage. A warm spring laid the groundwork for early bud break, and the growing season ran ahead of schedule all year. Near normal yields were of outstanding quality, a direct result of an idealic summer. White wines from the 2016 vintage are displaying bountiful aromatics, complex minerality, and cleansing acidity. Vineyards: The core fruit for our Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc comes from the same family-owned vineyard that we have partnered with for the last ten years, since our first vintage of making this wine. This 37-year-old Gibson vineyard sits on the Talmage Bench just east of Ukiah and the vineyard has been farmed organically for the last fifteen years. We compliment that fruit with grapes from another vineyard that is also farmed to very high standards using organic methods. The McFadden vineyard is located at the far edge of Potter Valley, and the grapes from these vines create a harmonizing floral quality to the lemon zest and minerality of the Gibson fruit. Winemaking: Our Sauvignon Blanc is made in a certified organic, carbon-neutral winery. After harvest, the fruit was allowed to macerate for several hours in the press. This closely monitored process allowed the juice to extract aromatics and just the right amount of astringency from the gently broken skin, adding to the wine’s intensity and complexity. Once pressed, the juice was fermented in stainless steel in order to showcase the exquisite varietal character. The wine was given “sur lie aging” for a period of time prior to bottling in order to enhance the wine’s aromatics, structure, complexity, and mouth feel.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2015 06/23/2016

Winemaker's Notes: Engagingly aromatic, offering very complex fragrances of grapefruit, lemon rind, white peach and apricot. Pale straw yellow, very clear. The aromas in this wine are very complex with white peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossoms erupting from the glass. The fruit aromatics carry through on the entry and lend a ripe sweetness to the mineral driven pallet. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity. This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very bright citrusy, crisp finish. Winemaking: Our Sauvignon Blanc was produced in a certified organic, carbon-neutral winery. After harvest, the fruit was allowed to macerate for several hours in the press. This closely monitored process allowed the juice to extract aromatics and phenols from the gently broken skin, adding to the wine’s intensity and complexity. Once pressed, the juice was fermented in 82% stainless steel tanks, 11% stainless steel barrels and 7% neutral French oak in order to showcase the exquisite varietal character produced from the vineyard. The wine was given “sur lie aging” which simply means that the wine and sediment from fermentation was allowed to sit for a period of time prior to bottling in order to extract more from these solids and enhance the wine’s aromatics, structure, complexity, body and mouth feel.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2014 01/11/2016

Winemaker's Notes: Pale straw yellow, very clear. The aromas in this wine are very complex with white peach and apricot, yellow grapefruit, and lemon blossoms erupting from the glass. The fruit aromatics carry through on the entry and lend sweetness to the mineral driven pallet. The wine has very appealing ripeness and great balancing acidity. This is a medium to light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc, where the complexity of stone fruit and green apples, yield to a very citrusy, crisp finish. This most pleasurable wine, delicious as a aperitif and also great with a full range of foods including fish and shellfish, chicken and vegetable dishes. Vineyards: The core fruit for our Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc comes from the same family-owned vineyard that we have used for the last ten years since our first vintage of making this wine. This 33-year-old vineyard, owned by Norman Gibson, sits on the Talmage Bench just east of Ukiah and the vineyard has been farmed organically for the last thirteen years. For our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, we have added grapes from two other complementary vineyards that are also farmed to very high standards using organic methods. The McFadden vineyard is located at the far edge of Potter Valley, and the grapes from these 40 year old vines create a harmonizing floral quality to the lemon zest and minerality of the Gibson fruit. Since yields from these ranches can fluctuate due to the age of the vines, we have incorporated a third ranch into our program. Patti Fetzer’s vineyard with gravelly, rich soils located on the south side of Mendocino in Hopland and abutting the Russian River, contributes notes of yellow grapefruit that underscore the citrus aromas in our blend. Winemaking: Our Sauvignon Blanc was produced in a certified organic, carbon-neutral winery. After harvest, the fruit was allowed to macerate for several hours in the press;. This closely monitored process allowed the juice to extract aromatics and just the right amount of astringency from the gently broken skin, adding to the wine’s intensity and complexity. Once pressed, the juice was fermented in 82% stainless steel tanks, 11% stainless steel barrels and 7% neutral French oak in order to showcase the exquisite varietal character produced from the vineyard. The wine was given “sur lie aging” which simply means that the wine and sediment from fermentation was allowed to sit for a period of time prior to bottling in order to extract more from these solids and enhance the wine’s aromatics, structure, complexity, body and mouth feel.


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 11/04/2014

Winemaker's Tasting Notes:Hay colored and very clear. The wine has a very delicate fragrance of candied lemons and baked Granny Smith apple. The delicate nature carries into the entry. Cotton candy and lemon curd cut through a sweet finish of pomelo rind and white cherry, with ample minerality indicating it will grow more complex with age.Winemaking:Our ExS Block N Sauvignon Blanc debuted with this 2011 vintage. The wine is made in a certified organic, carbon-neutral winery. After the end rows were carefully hand harvested and delivered to thewinery, the fruit was whole cluster pressed. This is a more delicate process that helps minimize malic acid and astrigent tannins. Once pressed, the juice was transferred into stainless steel barrels and allowed to age for eight months. Vintage:The growing season experienced a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Summer temperatures were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees. Yields in the vineyard were light which resulted in incredible fruit. The longer growing season allowed for great acid retention in the fruit and extended time for flavor development. Vineyards:We have enjoyed a long professional and personal relationship with Norma Gibson, the grower of our Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino. In honor of this relationship, we have produced a special SauvignonBlanc to honor Norma, the Block N Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit for this wine comes from the end rows of Normas 32-year-old vineyard which sits on Talmadge Bench just east of Ukiah. A portion of thevineyard is dedicated to free-standing, head-pruned vines and the rest if planted in classic vine rows with an overhead trellis system. This vineyard has been farmed organically for the last twelve years. Our back label carries the official CCOF seal which is the guarantee to our customers that the grapes were grown to the exacting standards set forward by the National Organic Program. ** Only 8 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 07/05/2015

Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Hay colored and very clear. The wine has a very delicate fragrance of candied lemons and baked Granny Smith apple. The delicate nature carries into the entry. Cotton candy and lemon curd cut through a sweet finish of pomelo rind and white cherry, with ample minerality indicating it will grow more complex with age. Winemaking: Our ExS Block N Sauvignon Blanc debuted with this 2011 vintage. The wine is made in a certified organic, carbon-neutral winery. After the end rows were carefully hand harvested and delivered to the winery, the fruit was whole cluster pressed. This is a more delicate process that helps minimize malic acid and astrigent tannins. Once pressed, the juice was transferred into stainless steel barrels and allowed to age for eight months. Vintage: The growing season experienced a late start because of an unusually wet and cool spring. Summer temperatures were cool, rarely rising above 90 degrees. Yields in the vineyard were light which resulted in incredible fruit. The longer growing season allowed for great acid retention in the fruit and extended time for flavor development. Vineyards: We have enjoyed a long professional and personal relationship with Norma Gibson, the grower of our Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino. In honor of this relationship, we have produced a special Sauvignon Blanc to honor Norma, the Block N Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit for this wine comes from the end rows of Norma’s 32-year-old vineyard which sits on Talmadge Bench just east of Ukiah. A portion of the vineyard is dedicated to free-standing, head-pruned vines and the rest if planted in classic vine rows with an overhead trellis system. This vineyard has been farmed organically for the last twelve years. Our back label carries the official CCOF seal which is the guarantee to our customers that the grapes were grown to the exacting standards set forward by the National Organic Program. ** Only 6 in Stock **


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Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2011 01/03/2013

Very pale spring green, with fresh apples and alfalfa aromas. It is mouth watering with lemon zest, grapefruit flavors and an undercurrent of just sliced peach that keeps the body balanced between bright citrus and fresh stone fruits. The subtle tang of melon makes the finish both fruity and clean. - WineryAppellation: MendocinoVarietal Blend: 100% Sauvignon BlancProduction: 107 BarrelsWinemaker: Spencer Graham


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