GAN EDEN 1995 Sauvignon Blanc


This 1995 GAN EDEN Sauvignon Blanc was produced from Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in two vineyards, one in St. Helena in the Napa Valley and one in Lake County, both areas known for the quality of their Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Additionally, 5% Semillon grown at the famed Wente Vineyards in Livermore, and 20% Chardonnay from Poplar Vineyards in sonoma County's Green Valley went into the blend.

The 1995 Sauvignon Blanc emphasizes balance, which I might add, has not been compromised by time, The herbal quality of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes is balanced by the rich fruit component prevalent in the Semillon. The more neutral Chardonnay, with its excellent mouth feel helps to decrease the weedy edge so often found in Sauvignon Blanc wines. Acidity plays a key role in this, like the vast majority of GAN EDEN wines, making this a truly refreshing and versatile beverage for table use, while the complex components and roundness of this wine make this a superb drink by itself, perhaps as an aperitif.

All of the grapes were harvested around 23 degrees Brix. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks, and remained on yeast for 5 months. Malolactic fermentation was not performed. This wine contains less than 0.2% residual sugar. It won several medals early in its life, including a gold in San Diego, but I have found it more important to enter other wines into competition, and so we ceased to enter this again.

GAN EDEN was established in the spring of 1985 in the Green Valley viticultural district of Sonoma County. This is our third vintage producing a white Bordeaux type blend. The 1993 vintage won numerous medals and accolades, and the 1994 was a multiple medal winner as well. Our previous "Fume Blanc" was produced in more of a Loire style.

Winemaker's Comments

GAN EDEN's 1995 Suvignon Blanc is a full flavored wine exhibiting both the characteristic herbal quality associated with its main grape, and the figgy fruit character of Semillon. while Sauvignon Blanc is generally considered at its best with fish and seafood, the roundness contributed by the Semillon component creates a complement to a spectrum of dishes, including white pasta dishes and chicken. because it is dry and easy to drink, it can function well in cocktail situations. I have been surprised at the aging ability of this wine, and I have not hesitated to serve this wine even in 2002 as an introductory wine to a multi-course meal, accompanying a first fish course or appetizers. And it goes great with Parmesan-laden pasta.

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