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Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc

Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc Wine Details
Price: $11.95 per bottle

Description: The fruit for this wine comes from several of the Wente family’s historic Livermore Valley vineyards. These family vineyards, derived from cuttings brought to the area from Bordeaux’s Chateau d’Yquem in the 1880’s, have flourished for over 100 years. The vines are planted in heavy gravel and well-drained alluvial soils where many of the arroyos carved their way through the valley. These soils, in combination with the moderately warm climate of the valley floor, ripen the grapes to their fullest potential, developing melon, citrus and honey characteristics. Early leaf removal allowed adequate sunlight to the cluster, creating ripe tropical flavors. Cold fermentation in stainless steel promotes fresh acidity and varietal character. This wine exhibits appealing aromas of gooseberry, citrus, mango, and a touch of fresh grass. Even better in the mouth, this wine delivers on the promise of the nose and has a perfect acid balance creating a crisp lasting finish.

Varietal Definition
Sauvignon Blanc:
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’. When treated with respect and afforded suitable growing conditions, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the wine world’s darlings. Steely, racy acidity, green, gooseberry fruit, asparagus and a grassy, herbaceous character characterize dry wines made from this grape.


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