Voss Vineyards2004 Sauvignon Blanc
(Rutherford ~ Napa Valley)
This is simply a wonderful California Sauvignon Blanc. It has all the characteristics you’d want in this type of wine without any oak mucking up the works.
The nose is just redolent with aromas of peach and pineapple and flowers, while the flavors are of passion fruit, all backed by palate-cleansing acidity. This all happens in part, because the 2004 harvest was Voss’ earliest to date. Although the growing season was fairly cool, the early budbreak and light crop (2.3 tons/acre) made for an early vintage. Picking began on August 9 and finished seven days later. The low yields gave intensely concentrated fruit, and the moderate growing season resulted in grapes with excellent acidity.
The alcohol percentage is relatively low – 13.5 – and the price is also reasonable at $19. The bottle is finished with a screw cap.
Reviewed February 14, 2006 by Alan Goldfarb.
Alan Goldfarb has been writing about and reviewing wine for 17 years. His reviews have been published in the St. Helena Star, San Jose Mercury, San Francisco Examiner, Decanter, and Wine Enthusiast, among others. Not once has he used a point system, star system, or an iconic symbol to quantify a wine. What counts in Mr. Goldfarb’s criteria when judging a wine is: how it tastes in the glass; is it well-constructed; its food compatibility; and presence of redeeming regional attributes.