Quivira 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Alder Grove Vineyard, Sonoma
The 2018 release is a nod to a fine white Bordeaux. The aromatics begin with candied orange and honeyed fig and then evolve to develop into flavors of bitter orange marmalade, pomelo grapefruit, more citrus (less tropical) notes, a mild grassiness, and a tiny amount of freshly cut dill. A mix of new and neutral barrels add breadth and range while the stainless steel gives a freshness and “pop” of natural acidity. The mixture of herbs, fruits, and honey plus the refreshingly crisp palate make this wine delightful. Petrale sole would be grand
as a pairing as would vegetarian potstickers or arugula salad with dill goat cheese and raspberries. This Sauvignon Blanc is also tasty with oysters or mussels. There’s no doubt in the cellaring potential (2024-2026) so enjoy now and hold some for later.