“SB and SB”
Santa Barbara County and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s not a combo many know about, but it’s one of the best and should be explored in your Sauvignon Blanc wine purchasing. There is a small lot producer, Baehner Fournier Vineyards that sits proudly on 16 acres overlooking the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County. A well-known winery in the Santa Barbara wine market for many award winning red varietals, but they also produce a beautiful Sauvignon Blanc. Baehner Fournier Vineyards likes keeping with a Bordeaux style when it comes to their whites and therefore do not lend their flavor spectrum towards the grassy, mineral side of Sauvignon Blanc, but more on the melon fruit end. The vineyards in Santa Barbara County allow for this and that is what makes SB and SB so compatible.
The 2012 Baehner Fournier Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc is off the Vogelzang Vineyard and this vineyard tends to produce wines that reflect the areas warmth and will typically feature creamy citrus and melon notes on the wine. The grapes are harvested in the cool of the morning and once de-stemmed, crushed, macerated and gently pressed – the fermentation commences in small stainless tanks. The juice is transferred to neutral French oak barrels after two thirds of the fermentation has completed. After being aged for 6 months in oak with occasional lees stirring…..they then follow through with bottling.
In the glass, the 2012 Baehner Fournier Sauvignon Blanc is an extremely light straw yellow color. I was a bit surprised by this and thought I would see more golden tones, since the Sauvignon Blanc has been aged in oak, but due to the perfection of winemaking, the oak has left enough trace to only make the wine complex and fuller on the palate. The nose permeates with honeydew melon, honeysuckle, and pineapple with peach nuances. The palate is full of lemon, lime, green apple and sweet pineapple on the finish. Crisp and bright – more fruit driven, but a good amount of acidity is nicely balanced. Do not fear, there is just enough “green grass” mid palate that you are reminded you’re still sipping on the Sauvignon Blanc varietal!
I paired the 2012 Baehner Fournier Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc with a dinner of Kale Mango Salad and Lemon Chicken Piccata. The Baehner Fournier Sauvignon Blanc was a huge success with each of these dishes. The fruitiness of this Sauvignon Blanc style was amazing with the Kale Mango Salad and the lemon citrus with light grassiness was perfection with the Lemon Chicken Piccata. A real treat when you have a Sauvignon Blanc that will pair – both directions! The 2012 Baehner Fournier Sauvignon Blanc receives a FOUR BOTTLE Rating and retails for about $20 per bottle.
Make sure to not only remember California when you think of choosing a Sauvignon Blanc, but also remember Santa Barbara County. SB and SB…A natural wine pairing!
** Sample received courtesy of Baehner Fournier Vineyards & Santa Barbara Wines **