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ARKENSTONE SAUVIGNON BLANC "ESTATE", HOWELL MOUNTAIN NAPA VALLEY 2013
Robert Parker - Wine Advocate
Arkenstone Vineyards, founded in 1988 by proprietors Ron and Susan Krausz, is situated high on Howell Mountain. I didn’t see all of the wines they make, such as their Syrah and Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, but what I did see was super-impressive. Readers would be hard-pressed to find a better Sauvignon Blanc than their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Estate, which is a 524-case blend of 94% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Semillon showing gorgeous, extravagantly ripe, wonderful melon fruit with hints of honeysuckle and tangerine oil. The wine is aged in a combination of concrete and new oak, but is exotic, medium to full-bodied, but with zesty underlying acidity and minerality. This is a beauty to drink over the next several years.
NVWE Notes: Youthfully reserved yet delightfully fruity-spicy this is a delicious wine with a bright future. The nose offers concentrated scents of gooseberry, golden fig, pineapple core, lemon grass, Seville orange zest, straw, nutmeg and creme brulee. It is firm, youthful and densely-packed on the palate, where quince and lemon sorbet dominate the rich display revealed in the nose. The finish is lingering if still a bit tightly-wound. Delicious already if served with the richer seafood dishes, it is certain to become significantly more graceful and generous over the next three years Blended with 6% Semillon, 524 cases produced.