2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
4 Stars - Excellent
Ronn Weigand, Restaurant Wine
Excellent Sauvignon, in a full, supple, herbal-fruity style. It is intensely flavored (lemongrass, lime, pineapple), well balanced, and long on the finish, with overtones of vanilla, toast, and lanolin. Excellent value.
Michael Franz, Wine Review Online
This successful Napa Sauvignon was crafted in the Bordeaux style, with barrel fermentation and some Semillon included in the blend. Medium-bodied, it shows fruit notes of white melon with a little citrus fruit providing edging, and just a little hint of spice from the oak treatment showing as well. Nicely suited to fish dishes or more delicate preparations of chicken, this is well made and very tasty.
Gentle on the nose with lightly floral and spice-shaded notes of melon and peach. This is medium-bodied and almost lush in the mouth, with fine balance that gives the soft feel a satin sheen. The fruit flavors are nicely ripe, very melon and peach-driven like the. There’s a hint of lime zest as well, leaning more towards grapefruit on the backend, which shows a gentle creamy edge. The finish is clear and refreshingly mineral-laden. An understated example of Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits a rather refined profile.
88 Points, one puff
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines
Duckhorn Sauvignons have never show much of a bent to the grape's grassier side, and here again the wine goes right to a mix of melons and pears as its main motif. Ripe and rounded and less briskly balanced than its more acidy brethren, it will wash down varied chicken dishes with ease as it will any number of meaty fish preparations.