2009 Robinia, Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley (by Kevin Kelley)
This is an amazing wine, a long skin contact white that was aged in acacia wood that delivers an almost “orange” wine feel and look while still being a pure Sauvignon Blanc. Orange/yellow cloudy color leads to a palate of tangerine, lemon/lime and red peaches with tropical essences and spiciness. The mouth is rich, but tangy fresh with bright acidity and mineral tones plus a crisp lingering finish of candied citrus rind gooseberry. Kevin Kelley is making some of the most interesting wines out there and it is well worth tracking them down. After stints at Copain in Sonoma and Meo-Camuzet in Burgundy Kevin has created an exciting new project with his Salina label and his avante garde wines like this one.
($18 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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