Friday, March 21, 2014

Holman Ranch 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Carmel Valley

March Wines 003

Holman Ranch Vineyard is located in the heart of Carmel Valley and the estate-grown wines are grown on 19 acres of undulating terrain. The warmth of the valley and the cooling marine layer prove ideal for wines such as the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.

The wine is a light gold in the glass. The aroma is citrusy and hits for all the world like a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. It’s like being soaked by a cresting wave of freshness.

On the palate the wine is fresh with a nice acidity. The acidity is not jarring, rather it provides a nice crispness which accentuates the wine’s bright character.

Green Dragon, our resident expert, said she prefers Holman Ranch to other California Sauvignon Blanc. Most bottles from Cali come across too mild and flat for her.

The good news is that Sauvignon Blanc grapes are able to cope with dry seasons better than most varieties. That means there should be no shortage of delicious Sauvignon Blanc Holman Ranch despite California’s recent drought.

Holman Ranch 2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc sells for a tasty $18. It’s a bottle well suited for the warm weather that’s on the way.

Full Disclosure: This bottle was received as a marketing sample.

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