Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Wine Enthusiast: Rated as Excellent, extremely well made and highly recommended. "A very fine 100% Sauvignon Blanc, made with little or no oak influence. It’s dry and crisp and attractive, with citrus and tropical fruit, honeysuckle and vanilla flavors, and a fine tug of minerals. Combines richness and power with elegance, a rare feat." Dec 2010
Wine & Spirits: "A flintiness emerges with air as this wine's initial sulfur and reduction dissipate. Decant it to bring out the gooseberry and blood orange flavors, a firm and intriguing fruit character to match with grilled langoustines." Jun 2010
Winery: "Our 2009 HALL Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc balances expressively ripe fruit with bright, buoyant acidity. The backbone of this lusty blend hails from a vineyard partner in the cool region of Yountville and delivers ripe vibrant citrus flavors. Grapes from our Napa River Ranch contribute poetic minerality while Hardester vineyard fruit imparts lush tropical aromatics and opulent texture. Fermented mostly in stainless steel tanks and refrained from malolactic fermentation, our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc possesses an assured fruit forwardness, freshness, and focus. We harvested our grapes at the height of ripeness and stirred the yeast lees after fermentation. The result is a rich wine with layered texture. Aromas of pink grapefruit and Meyer lemon blossom are complemented by a lush cascade of guava and lychee on the palate carrying through to a crisp, ringing finish."
Wired For Wine: We hear that Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this year, and so will be celebrating the advent of an early spring, and hopefully a thaw sometime in the near future with this stellar Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. From the very talented winery run by Kathryn Hall, this crisp, bright white from Napa is a terrific aperitif by itself, but if you like a little something with your first glass, it works with a myriad of appetizers. Serve it with Asian chicken wings with a soy and sour cherry glaze, and enjoy those visions of warmer temperatures dancing in your head... The citrus nuances in this Hall are great with a roasted garlic phyllo roulade to get things started as well. As for the entree, the delicious variety of fruits, the beautifully balanced acidity and minerality, and fine texture of this Napa Sauvignon Blanc allow it to accompany everything from vegetables and salads to chicken and most any fish or seafood. What are you in the mood for? We love this California white's gentle acidity opposite roast chicken with a creamy tomato-mustard sauce. Crispy crab-stuffed salmon rolls dressed with a warm ginger vinaigrette won't disappoint either. And if you're feeling fancy, whip up a lobster risotto with asparagus tips and lemon zest. Even if the mercury isn't rising, your heart rate will! Open up just one more bottle and serve it with room temperature Provencal Roves des Garrigues. They're fresh little goat cheeses with delicate hints of thyme and lavender. Raise your hand if you're ready for spring, winelovers!
Size: 750ml, cork
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Napa Valley, California
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