May 2017 Wine of the Month Club Newsletter - page 5

WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB • 1-800-949-9463
WINE OF THE MONTH CLUB SELECT ION
Paul
&Ed ‘s
Rating:
NOSE
PALATE
CELLAR
PAIRING
COLOR
FINISH
Once again we are pleased to offer an-
other outstanding value from Babcock
Vineyards in the Santa Rita Hills AVA of
the Santa Ynez Valley. Bryan Babcock
pretty much wrote the opening chapter
on California Sauvignon Blanc 30 years
ago when he produced a mere 30 cases
of 11 Oaks Sauvignon Blanc. A year later
he made 300 cases and set the wine in-
dustry into a frenzy.
That wine got more press than any Sau-
vignon Blanc ever made in California. It
was a revelation for everyone. Now, in
his 31st harvest, Bryan still makes one of
the best in the state.
The property was purchased by Bryan’s
parents, Walt and Mona, in the late 60s
as a potential retirement location. Walt,
not being the retiring type, was influ-
enced by many winemakers of the time
to plant grapes. Bryan switched majors
and schools to learn winemaking and
the rest, as they say, is history.
Bryan’s wines seem to get better each
year and this one is certainly a testa-
ment to that. The golden color hints at
the complex nose of peach and lemon
rind mixed with a touch of green apple
and flint.
The light oak treatment adds weight
and body along with hints of cinnamon
and vanilla. The ripeness is offset by the
gripping acidity, which carries all those
complex and delightful flavors from the
front to the back of the palate and fin-
ishes in a very grand fashion.
BABCOCK VINEYARDS
Sauvignon Blanc, 2014
Apple, Peach
Apple, Spice
One Year
Seafood, Vegetarian
Bright Golden
Spice, Mineral, Citrus
Region: Santa Rita Hills Appellation, California • Alcohol: 14.1%
ITEM #:
C0517W1DC
Retail Price: $18.99/each
Member Price: $11 . 98 /each
Reorder Price: $6.99/each
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