I have trouble letting go. Each year as late summer slides into fall and fall into dreaded winter, I can’t seem to let go of summer. Despite colorful, crunching leaves, I resist putting away my sandals and capris. The same happens to me with wine. The drop in temperatures in recent weeks has not turned my wine interests to red wine. Instead, I have been drinking more white wine. I’m no analyst, but I think my irrational clinginess is driven by a fear of getting bored with the wines (and the clothes) of the coming season.
This week I opened a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from one of my favorite California wineries: Quivira. Sauvignon Blanc represents springtime to me. Ah, the grass, the grapefruit, the cat pee. Though Quivira makes a range of wines from Grenache to Zinfandel, they are probably best known for their Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.
This is possibly my favorite Sauvignon Blanc. Previous vintages have been lovely, ripe, and luscious, and the 2007 is no different. The nose is citrusy lemon-lime, but in the mouth there is a strong presence of honeydew melon. The 2007 feels a little hot and even peppery, but overall a great wine. As if that weren’t enough, it is organic and biodynamic.
It is something to look forward to when I have trouble leaving behind my favorite boots and cashmere sweater next spring.
Find Quivira Sauvignon Blanc at New Hampshire Liquor Stores. www.nh.gov/liquor