The 2010 Uppercut North Coast Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from vineyards in the Mendocino and Lake County grape growing AVA’s of Northern California. This wine was vinted and bottled by Uppercut Wines of Sonoma, California, “vinted and bottled” legally indicates that the listed winery made less than 25% of the wine and there is a good possibility than somebody else grew the grapes and fermented and aged the wine. This Sauvignon Blanc was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and the alcohol content is 13.8%.
This wine is very pale in color, almost clear with a little golden yellow and a hint of green. Like most Sauvignon Blanc there is a full, vibrant nose, tangerine, lemon chiffon, lime, pear, magnolia and kiwi. This is a Sauvignon Blanc that is both light and delicate and has some weight behind it. It starts off with equal parts apricot and peach and then the Sierra Mist and the orange peal kick in. The mid palate brings in a very nice mineral edge, along with some pineapple and mango. The acidity is well balanced, the wine has good length and also helps a pale citrus finish linger on for quite some time.
The Uppercut Sauvignon Blanc is a wine with a sense of place, it is different from Sauvignon Blanc, from New Zealand, the Loire Valley and Chile, it has elements of wines from those areas but it tastes of Northern California. Delicate, but with some heft, stone fruit, but with a nice counterpoint of citrus and a nice minerality that gives the wine some class.