September 9, 2009
April 12, 2010
2009 Pont de Chevalier Sauvignon Blanc Knights Valley
Vibrant straw color with a greenish tinge. The nose features bright fruit aromas, hinting of fresh green apple, melon, kiwi, lemongrass and key lime pie. A floral note provides a dramatic accent. The flavors are refreshing, bold and focused, and mirror the nose. Balanced acidity is present throughout, building to a lengthy minerally finish.
Initial fermentation was conducted in stainless steel tanks to 4º brix, and then allowed to complete fermentation in two-year old 'neutral' French oak barrels. The stainless fermentation allowed us to preserve varietal expression in both flavor and aroma, while the time in barrel added a creamy rich texture and just a suspicion of spice on the nose. In barrel the wine gained complexity, richness and texture from contact with the yeast lees.
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs perfectly with poultry or fresh grilled seafood, such as wild-caught Alaskan Halibut topped with a kaffir lime beurre blanc and lightly sautéed summer vegetables. For an elegant finish to dinner, enjoy with Humboldt Fog goat cheese, artisan blue cheese and apricots.