2009 Thomas George Estates Sauvignon Musque, Dry Creek Valley, Brian & Janice Schmidt Vineyard
Thomas George Estates has some rockin’ Pinot Noirs, but I like to go there for the whites. They’re that good. Especially the Viognier, which seems to be sold out every time I visit the winery.
The Sauvignon Musque is also one of my favorites. I took my brother here a few months ago and he was kind enough to get me a couple bottles.
If you’re wondering what “Sauvignon Musque” is, it is believed to be a hybrid of Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat. Whatever it is, it’s delicious! And by the way, it’s pronounced “Sauvignon Mus-KAY”. I got some laughs at the winery when I called it “Sauvignon Moosk”.
This wine looks very elegant in my glass. It is bright, lively and has a light straw color. It smells of freshly cut Fuji apples, honeydew, and to a lesser extent, pineapple and honey. Soft, silky mouthfeel and a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. It finishes by coating the tongue with a lingering tart apricot flavor.
Simply a delightful bottle of white wine. It’s not cheap (~$30), but if you’re into white wines I would really encourage you to visit the winery and pick up a few bottles for your collection. Pair this with a cheese plate on a warm afternoon and you’ll be in heaven.
Final Grade: A.
The Technical Stuff:
Date Tasted: August 31, 2011
Varietal: Sauvignon Musque
Winery: Thomas George Estates
Region: Dry Creek Valley, California
From the back label: “…fermented in stainless steel, racked off the lees and did not undergo malolactic conversion.”