Gainey 2005 Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Ynez Valley)
93 Points Editors’ Choice

Another beautiful wine from Gainey, a great producer whose Sauvignon Blanc comes from one of the best terroirs for that variety in California. The aroma is so invitingly rich in lemongrass, pineapple zest, Key lime pie and coconut macaroon that you almost fear it won't follow up in the mouth, but it does. Bone dry, rich, zesty and clean, it seems to have benefited from the coolness of the vintage, in the way the beautifully ripe fruit is accented by crisp, flinty acidity. This is gorgeous, world-class Sauvignon Blanc.

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  • Alcohol
    13.9%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    White
  • Date Published
    5/1/2007
  • User Avg Rating
    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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