Wine Review – 2009 Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County

Paul Dolan is a renowned leader in sustainable, biodynamic, and organic agriculture. Paul is the author of True to Our Roots: Fermenting a Business Revolution the story of how he led the sixth largest winery in the nation to industry and market leadership while successfully pioneering the path of sustainability.

“After tasting the real difference between organic and conventionally farmed grapes, side by side in a sun-drenched vineyard in 1987, my entire way of thinking about grape growing changed.  The organic grapes were expressive, interesting and balanced while the conventionally farmed grapes were bland and insipid.”

Whether or not you can 'taste' the difference of biodynamic and organic grapes is something of a controversy in the industry, although some producers swear by it, as Paul does. Regardless,  it's the right thing to do as stewards of the land, our environment, and for future generations.  Indeed if a wine grower needs a selfish reason, most do admit the long term benefits in the health of a vineyard and soil profile compared to the results of years of chemical farming. This isn't a fad or a marketing ploy, it's part of sharing this planet with others.

Parducci, Paul Dolan, Mendocino Press Tour End of this Month

I have been enjoying a number of Paul Dolan & Parducci wines these last few months, and look forward to a scheduled visit, and personal tour at the end of the month. Anything you would like me to ask him, on the behalf or readers? What other wineries would you like me to visit and write about? (No revisits this trip to places have tasted before.)

2009 Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, Mendocino County

100% Organically grown grapes, from a high elevation, affording hot days, and cold nights. Temperature swings like these allow grapes to ripen with full flavor, but retain acidity, key to balance in a wine.

Color: Medium Yellow straw, clear and vibrant

On the Nose: Green apple, kiwi, cialis 100mg Crisp asian pear.

In the Mouth: The published tasting notes say “The wine has a distinctive kiwi fruit character, complemented by bright citrus zest and lemon grass notes.” The latter may make you think of New Zealand sauvignon blanc, but it does not have the herbaceous, grassy like quality many of the New Zealand sauvignon blancs, and their counterparts too. (Not there is anything wrong with that style, but this is a pleasant change.)

It is not the overripe version we can see from warm climates, but instead nicely balanced. I taste kiwi and apple, nice mouthfeel, texture, good acidity, but not searing.

This wine is best drunk at proper cellar, not refrigerator temperatures – overchilling mutes much of the more delicate flavors in the mouth. Some budget priced SB's serve better chilled, even with a ice cube as a porch pounder – don't do that to this one, its more refined and nuanced.

Recommendations: Recommended buy. Well made, subtly, pleasantly slightly unique from many other North Coast sauvignon blancs.

Where to Buy: Online –  click here. $17.99. Media Sample

Wine Geek Info:

  • VINEYARDS 100% MENDOCINO COUNTY
  • COOPERAGE: 100% STAINLESS STEEL FERMENTED & AGED
  • ALCOHOL: 13.5% BY VOLUME
  • TA: 0.58 G/100ML
  • PH: 3.28
  • RS: 0.03G/100ML
  • CASES: 4,050 CASES
  • CERTIFICATION: 100% ORGANICALLY GROWN GRAPES, C.C.O.F. CERTIFIED
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