2021 Appassionata Über Sauvignon Blanc

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2021 Appassionata Über Sauvignon Blanc
2021 Appassionata Über Sauvignon Blanc

Very little Sauvignon Blanc is grown in the Willamette Valley, but it performs well in the section of our vineyard that stands out for its alluvial clay soil. The Über Sauvignon is fermented and matured in large-format acacia barrels, which gives it the textural benefits of wooden casks, but without any oak taste. It’s an envigorating prelude to any Appassionata performance.

Production notes

Whole-cluster pressing; natural fermentation in a 500-liter acacia barrel and a 600-liter concrete egg.

VarietalSauvignon Blanc
AppellationChehalem Mountains
VineyardAppassionata Vineyard
Volume750 ml
Rating: 93 points, Critic’s Choice - Northwest Wine Report
The aromas are subdued, with notes of herb, lime verbena, other citrus, and whiffs of tropical fruit. The flavors are broad in feel, coating the palate, showing weight, layering, and nuance. Brisk, lemony acidity keeps it all in focus and the interest high. It’s delicious. January 27, 2023
Rating: 93 points, Owen Bargreen
The palate is deep and beautifully textured, showing almost an oily mouthfeel. Lemon rind and pink grapefruit zest combine with shades of sourdough bread and stony minerals on the palate. Refined, novel, sleek and elegant, this will pair with a dizzying array of foods. October 2022
Rating: 92 points, Editors’ Choice - Wine Enthusiast
Classic aromas and flavors of gooseberries, lime, green apple, and freshly cut grass show up, as does a dynamite one-two talc and saline punch. There’s also an intriguing savory note similar to porcini mushrooms. Tart acidity combines with a surprisingly creamy texture. This is a fantastic drinking experience. - Wine Enthusiast, April 2023
Rating: 92 points, Decanter
The resulting wine walks a tight wire between freshness and creamy texture. Floral and fruit aromatics of ripe nectarine, seaspray, cut green apple and English Hawthorne. The palate is fleshy stone fruits, sliced ripe peach, apricot flesh and lemon curd. May 2023
Rating: 92 points, James Suckling
Aromas of glazed lemons, sliced apples, honeysuckle, raw almond and dried herbs. Medium- to full-bodied with vivid acidity that gives lots of tension and energy. Round and polished texture with a flavorful and chalky finish. April 2023
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