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Wine Recommendation

tangent Winery Sauvignon Blanc

tangent Winery

2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Paragon Vineyard
(Edna Valley)

A new brand from the Edna Valley Niven Family (Baileyana, Edna Valley Vineyard), tangent was created expressly for white wines other than Chardonnay, each bargain priced.

The grapes were grown in the Niven’s cool climate estate vineyard planted in 1973, which they boast is the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard south of Napa Valley. Winemaker Christian Roguenant describes this wine as a blend of Sancerre and New Zealand styles. He harvests at different ripeness levels to bring in grapes with higher acid for citrus and herbal notes, and riper fruit to add tropical notes and a round mouthfeel. The lots are fermented separately, with no malo-lactic fermentation or oak, then blended before bottling.

The wine is refreshing, offering bright, tangy flavors of grapefruit and Pippin apple which meld with interesting notes of melon, grass and herbs. This classic Sauvignon Blanc drinks deliciously alone and complements everything from Thai and Chinese to sassy Creole. A very good buy at only $13 retail.

Reviewed August 11, 2006 by Kathy Marcks-Hardesty.

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The Wine

Winery: tangent Winery
Vineyard: Paragon Vineyard
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Edna Valley
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Price: 750ml $13.00

Review Date: 8/11/2006

The Reviewer

Kathy Marcks-Hardesty

Kathy Marcks Hardesty is the former Tasting Coordinator for Wine Spectator magazine. She prefers wines that exhibit classic varietal characteristics, regional identity, and the depth and balance to make a good meal great. She’s just as enthusiastic about sharing news of those rare, value-priced wines of good quality. Despite her past association with wine critics, she doesn’t assign numbers to wines, save in her memory (old habits die hard). She prefers writing descriptive reviews that whet the palate and leaves the final score to her readers.