French Laundry’s Favorite White

When Sommeliers recommend and drink Sauvignon Blanc they often prefer, the dry, earthy, mineral, floral whites of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fume and Graves. This is the inspiration for Somm Blanc, a blend of Old Vines Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon “Remixed” in California.  When a great Master sommelier friend of mine, Will Sherrer, got the opportunity to use the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California, which were planted in 1942, he jumped on it. The Lolonis Vineyard brings these old vines flavors to  the “Somm Blanc.” Old Vines are much like people in that they are simple yet powerful when young (1 to 21yrs), powerful and complex in mid age (22 to 50yrs) and less powerful but very complex when old (50 to 100yrs).

SOMM BLANC 2015 “Old Vines” Proprietary White
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Somm Blanc blended 80% of Sauvignon Blanc with 20%  old vines Semillon. His idea was to treat these grapes to an “old world” style of fermentation to maximize earthy, floral tones of Sauvignon Blanc without as much of the fruity, grassy elements of new world styles. The Semillon was fermented to bring out the varietal earthy, spice unique to Semillon. The grapes were neutral barrel fermented with partial skin contact and good lees stirring. The flavors begin with the earthy and mineral with slight musk notes. Fruit flavors are grapefruit and sweet lime zest with a finish of quince and dried papaya.  White flowers and slight spice reminiscent of a mild yellow curry.  Altogether, a very well-made, complex and flavorful wine that will please many palates!

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