Some California wines like to thumb their noses at their French ancestors, Duckhorn has decided to embrace and enhance the Sauvignon Blanc tradition, and have accomplished that with their 2009 offering. Truth be known, this wine is only ¾ Sauvignon Blanc, the remaining ¼ comes from Semillon – which sets gives the wine an extra layer of complexity, without throwing the balance off. The range of tropical and tart fruit aren’t forced to swim through a muddied river of residual sugar, and you get a crisp, confident American wine. This wine doesn’t necessarily create any new flavour discoveries for Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon, but it is assembled properly and for an offering at Duckhorn’s entry level, Duckhorn offers strong value.
Musical Match: Joni Mitchell’s California. The two grapes in the wine can be represented by her guitar and vocal performance. With a lap guitar that brings a sharp cutting, dryness to an innocent, flowery, playful, and pretty-as-a-daisy voice you can catch a taste of the Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc. Even lyrically they make reference to a dreary France, and she sings about how coming home to California brings her to life. The song even manages to discuss some serious topics without be overbearing, – another parallel with the wine.
BTW, I am NOT saying that French wines are dreary!
Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.
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