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Alta Maria Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Alta Maria Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 750ml 2011     
Sku: 1830247

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Alta Maria Vineyards is owned by winemaker Paul Wilkins, James Ontiveros and Sao Anash. Paul and James met while in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and help found Vines to Wines. While still in college, Paul landed a job with renowned winemaker John Alban and worked his way to the top of the ranks. After eight years at Alban Winery, with the last few as winemaker, Paul left to consult for other wineries. Around the same time, James planted an eight acre plot of Pinot Noir on his family’s estate, Rancho Ontiveros in Santa Maria, California. Together they partnered with Sao, a former executive director of the Santa Barbara Vintner’s Association to start Alta Maria Vineyards. Alta Maria means “Higher or Heavenly Mary, and is also the name given by James’ ancestor, Don Juan Pacifico Ontiveros to the Santa Maria River. The homage to the past continues with the wine label which features hand-hewn iron nails that were used by homesteaders before the Industrial Revolution.

Tasting notes
A medium-bodied white with glints of pale gold, it offers aromas of honeydew, gooseberries and tomatillos, zesty acidity and hints of pleasant minerality.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 87 points (Aug 2013)
The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is a straightforward, grassy effort that gives up pretty white grapefruit and citrus rind qualities on the palate. Lively and juicy, with both good acidity and fruit, its a perfect summer quaffer meant for drinking over the coming year or two. Drink now-2014.

Technical notes
Grapes from the Santa Ynez Valley (60%) and Los Alamos Valley (40%) were tank fermented and aged for 11 months in stainless steel.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Santa Barbara
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Grape Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Still wine
 
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