Herron Vineyard, Maitre de Chai Sauvignon Blanc, 2017


White peach and nectarine aromas interweave with preserved lemon and white grapefruit flavors, finely grained tannins, and bright acidity.

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc, a very recognizable white wine that is popularly dry, refreshingly zesty, and has strong, fruity and herbal characteristics. Ever hear of the term “pyrazines?” It’s a term noting the strong herbaceous flavors that are derived from compounds called Methoxypyrazines. These compounds are also found in bell peppers!

A flagship varietal to the Loire Valley in France (Sancerre) and New Zealand, the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand tend to be more aromatic and have tropical fruit notes than those from the Bordeaux or Loire Valley regions in France. Usually fermented in stainless steel vats, Sauvignon Blanc gives a clean, crisp flavor with occasional mineral notes, but no characteristics from oak, like you would normally see in a grape varietal like Chardonnay. However, look out for Fumé Blanc, this style of wine is an oaked-version of Sauvignon Blanc.

Maître de Chai is the personal project of Marty Winters and Alex Pitts. The two first met at Sonoma’s Cyrus restaurant. Marty went on to run the wine program at Meadowood while Alex moved onto The French Laundry and later cult Sonoma Winery, Scholium Project. In 2012, Alex and Marty founded Maitre de Chai. They focus on site specific wines that translate a sense of place. The Herron Vineyard is a 1.6-acre, cool-climate site in the Sonoma Mountain AVA with 65-year-old dry-farmed, organic vines.


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