The Golden State is home to many locations that are ideal for growing Sauvignon Blanc. As an early to mid-ripening grape, Sauvignon Blanc can thrive despite late summer spikes; and its moderate to high yields can provide good production in drought-prone areas while still delivering exceptional wines. This week’s Tasting Highlights feature acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc wineries throughout California, including Chalk Hill, La Crema—producer of Wine SpectatorThe 2023 Wine Value of the Year—and several others were launched by passionate proprietors who had different careers before pursuing winemaking.
Doug Margerum’s career as a retailer and promoter of local wines began when his family’s Santa Barbara-based Wine Cask restaurant won a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence in 1994. With the sale of the Wine Cask in 2007, Margerum’s focus was entirely on winemaking in the Margerum Wine Company, which he founded in 2001. , resulting in an intense and mouthwatering white.
Andis founder and CEO Janis Akuna retired from 40 years as a Wall Street financial planner and wealth advisor to slow things down in the Sierra Foothills of California. She appreciated a more rural lifestyle and initially wanted to settle in Napa Valley with her husband, Andrew Friedlander. But Akuna realized his dream in Amador County and built his winery there. Andis recently brought in renowned Napa-based winemaker Philippe Melka to consult on the winemaking process. The winery’s 2022 Sauvignon Blanc, featured here, is complex and full of stone fruit and citrus notes.
In this selection you will find the Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma Valley Block of the Kunde Family 4SB20 2022, the top scorer, which expresses honeysuckle and Key lime notes. Read on and get our full score and tasting notes for this Sauvignon Blanc and six others!