Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021

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Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021
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The Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021 is a wine I found on sale for $7.99 (Binny’s Chicago area), this vintage received 92 points from James Suckling, the leading wine reviewer. Angeline is an affordable line of wines from Martin Ray Winery (family owned since 1990) a high-end winery located in the Russian River AVA of Sonoma.

Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021

The winery did not list the AVAs where the grapes were grown (Angeline also has a Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc), but they did mention that the different vineyard lots were fermented separately and then blended to taste.

The grapes were pressed whole-cluster, which is where the stems and twigs are placed in the press along with the grapes. It is a technique used often with expensive Pinot Noir and is thought to add to the flavor and structure of the wine. It can also soften the acidity of a wine.

The Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021 was fermented with native yeast. That is where the natural yeast that floats in the air and/or clings to the grape skins are used to ferment the wine. Natural yeast is thought to be a better pairing for grapes than commercial yeast.

This Sauv Blanc was fermented and aged in stainless steel vats and is a young wine. Young wines are typically better sooner rather than later so it is a good idea to choose the newest vintage. The alcohol content is a mild 12.5%.

The Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021 Tasting Notes

The color is barely there wheat yellow. The nose is bright and fresh, I had my glass on a table 18 inches away and I could smell this wine. There are scents of pineapple, lawn grass, peach, lemon, apple, and a hint of interesting spice, tropical fruit, lime, and a bouquet of flowers. The Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021 is a bright, fresh, and juicy Sauvignon Blanc with both familiar and interesting flavors.

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This Sauvignon Blanc tastes like dried pineapple, a sharp slap of lime, green apple, ripe pear, lemon, and spice. The mid-palate offers tangerine (subdued), a little stone fruit, guava, and peach. This is a sleek, lean Sauv Blanc with well-balanced acidity. An excellent summer sipper.

The Summary

  • The Angeline California Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2021 I rarely agree when a top wine reviewer gives a wine this or that amount of points, but I can see exactly why this Sauv Blanc got 92 points.
  • It is more French in style than New Zealand.
  • This wine drinks above its price point.
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