When it comes to ripe, round, crowd-pleasing whites, it’s hard to beat California Sauvignon Blanc – especially this ‘Block Selection’ from the masterful Christian Roguenant (a gold-medal winner at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition).
Sauvignon loves cooler climates, so it’s worth noting that the Edna Valley is the coolest wine region in California. Just miles inland from the Pacific, the valley’s orientated in a rare east-west formation (most valleys are north-south) – a perfect setup for welcoming cooling ocean breezes. The chilly temperatures and breezes extend grapes’ ‘hang time’ on the vine, translating to greater aromatic and flavor impact. And with 2015 considered the fourth in a series of outstanding vintages (and with a talent like Christian at the helm in the winery), those aromas and flavors have even more oomph in the glass.
Crafted with premium, hand-selected fruit from his prized Paragon Vineyard, Christian’s racy ‘Block Selection’ offers up leap-from-the-glass citrus aromas, with zingy green apple, grapefruit and lemon zest flavors. It’s an inviting combination of Sauvignon Blanc’s most famed styles: exhilarating and tropical (as in Marlborough, New Zealand) and citrusy, grassy elegance (à la France’s Loire Valley).
A chic aperitif, Tangent is also a fantastic match for creamy cheeses (goat cheese is a classic Sauvignon pairing) and a variety of passed hors d’oeuvres. It also sings with seafood, especially sushi and sashimi. Order your share of this top-vintage white today.