2010 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley, CA
Founded in 1896 by Giovanni Foppiano in western Sonoma County, Foppiano is one of
Northern California's oldest family-owned wineries. In fact, the wine business survived
Prohibition by selling home winemaking kits. The family is dedicated to Petite Sirah,
their flagship wine. But they also produce noteworthy Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and
Sauvignon Blanc. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc's nose is a luscious summer salad bowl
with notes of honeydew, passion fruit, peaches, kiwi and lemongrass. Similar in style to
a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, its lively acidity dances across the tongue and cleanses
the palate with a citrus freshness. Bright and crisp, it finishes fairly clean. It would work
as either an aperitif or with fresh, summery foods that could benefit from a jolt of acid.
Try it with seafood dishes like oysters on the half shell, grilled sea bass or steamed
snapper. Or pair it with a vegetarian pasta dish, chicken salad or fresh goat cheeses. The
wine would also complement tart, citrus desserts like lemon squares or a lime basil cake.