Livermore, California, United States

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

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Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc

SKU 983825
Country United States
Region Livermore Valley, CA
Type White
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Listing Speculative
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB MB SK

Colour

Brilliant straw-lemon.

Aroma

Hints of peach, apple and floral notes on the nose.

Flavour

Bright citrus with a touch of lime make way for wonderful acidity and mild grassy notes on the palate. This wine delivers a long, refreshing finish.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with all types of fish, seafood, and poultry; pairs well with luncheon salad dishes and as an aperitif.

More Info

A French emigrant, Louis Mel travelled the western United States in the 1870's seeking a place to make wines to rival the great French Crus. He found the ideal home in the Livermore Valley. Acquiring Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon cuttings from the Marquis de Lur-Saluces, owner of the famed Chateau Y'quem, he planted them in his vineyards. The Wente family acquired the Louis Mel estate in the 1930's, where the descendants of these vines, located in the southern Livermore Valley, live in gravel and loam soils similar to the terroir of their native Bordeaux. This Sauvignon Blanc comes from various vineyards across the Livermore Valley. The different microclimates add complexity to the fruit forward style of this wine. All of the vineyards are sustainably farmed and harvested at a relatively low sugar level to retain the natural acidity. The grapes were cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain their natural vibrancy. Aged in stainless steel tanks.

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2020

2018 -

Gold Medal

92 pts

The Tasting Panel, Jul/2019

2017 -

"This estate-grown Sauv Blanc is named for French emigrant Louis Mel, who sought to emulate the great French crus after finding a home in Livermore Valley in the late 19th century. He was able to take possession of—and plant—cuttings of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon from the owner of Château d’Yquem. In the 1930s, the Wente family acquired the Louis Mel estate, where the descendants of these heritage vines grow in gravel and loam soils similar to their ancestors’ native Bordeaux. Cold-fermented and aged in stainless-steel tanks, this wine is blended with 1% Sémillon and 1% Gewürztraminer. The resulting clean, crisp aromas of kiwi and lime combine with a hint of white pepper; the palate is defined by white flowers arranged in a bouquet with lemon drops and sunshine-dappled tarragon. A chalky minerality comes in and stays through the finish. 92"

 

Wine & Spirits Magazine, Jun/2017

2015 -

"Named after the Frenchman who brought sauvignon blanc cuttings from d’Yquem to the Livermore Valley in the late 1800s, this balances plump, ripe fruit with a capsicum-green streak that mirrors its salty acidity. For pan-fried sand dabs. (1,800 cases)"

95 pts

California State Fair, Jul/2016

2014 -

Best of Class of Region and Gold Medal

94 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Awards 2016

2014 -

Gold and Best of Class

90 pts

Wine Enthusiast, Dec/2015

2013 -

Best Buy "Flinty, mineral-like aromas and flavors lend a complex personality to this compelling, medium-bodied wine. The palate is crisp, dry and citrus-driven, inviting another sip and begging for some fresh-shucked oysters."

90 pts

Natalie MacLean, Feb/2014

2011 -

"Crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc, without heavy oak and at a remarkably great price. Try this with fresh seafood or cheeses."