Laird Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley 2009

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"Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Something about this wine does not ring right. Its first smells of lettuce leaves

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Laird Family Estate:
Our story begins nearly sixty-one years ago outside of South Boston Virginia as twelve-year-old Ken Laird drove his mule wagon through tight rows of sticky, fit-to-be-harvested tobacco leaves. As the gooey bundles were thrown up onto the wagon, little Ken led his mule team to the curing barn. It was there, with his grandmother, great uncles and cousins, they would stoke smoky curing fires for t... Read more
Our story begins nearly sixty-one years ago outside of South Boston Virginia as twelve-year-old Ken Laird drove his mule wagon through tight rows of sticky, fit-to-be-harvested tobacco leaves. As the gooey bundles were thrown up onto the wagon, little Ken led his mule team to the curing barn. It was there, with his grandmother, great uncles and cousins, they would stoke smoky curing fires for their prized tobacco. Ken would be the third generation Laird to carry on the farming tradition. While growing up to be a big city mechanical engineer in New York City, Ken held on to family tradition by buying his first Napa Valley parcel in 1970. This neglected piece of land, adjacent to Tubbs Lane in Calistoga, held 70 acres of worn-down prune trees. With prohibition forty years gone and Napa Valley positioned to re-emerge as viticulturally significant, Ken decided to develop the orchard into a grape vineyard. While knowing just short of nothing about viticulture, Ken was also $150,000.00 short to properly develop the orchard into a respectable vineyard. Picking up a tattered phone book, Ken went to the yellow pages and found eight listed wineries...Robert Mondavi being the only one he recognized. Read less

External Reviews for Laird Sauvignon Blanc Rutherford Napa Valley

07/05/2011

"Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Something about this wine does not ring right. Its first smells of lettuce leaves


11/12/2010

Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the August 2010 issue. Something about this wine does not ring right. Its first smells of lettuce leaves, dandelion greens and lemon grass would seem to be smack on the varietal track, and yet, the wine is a touch stale and possibly chemically challenged and loses its way too quickly. It is hot at the back despite its relatively restrained alcohol and is without charm as it ends.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.




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