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.View Supplier Page
|Region||Livermore Valley, CA|
|Available In||BC AB MB SK|
Hints of peach, apple and floral notes on the nose.
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.
Enjoy with all types of fish, seafood, and poultry; pairs well with luncheon salad dishes and as an aperitif.
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.
"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"
Best of Class of Region and Gold Medal
Gold and Best of Class
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."
"Crisp, clean Sauvignon Blanc, without heavy oak and at a remarkably great price. Try this with fresh seafood or cheeses."