2017 Quivira "Alder Grove" Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1431449 93 points Wine Spectator

 **#31 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2019** A complex note of dried honeysuckle and a whiff of smoke add intrigue and depth to the succulent peach, melon, and mango flavors.

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**#31 in Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2019** Quivira, in many respects, is that quiet winery that consistently makes truly elegant, pure wines; focused primarily on the stewardship of their land while ignoring what's in vogue. They have a long history of utilizing holistic farming techniques based on Biodynamic principles; cultivating bio-diversity and self-sustainability. Like the vineyards of Graves, the source of much-celebrated Bordeaux Blanc, and the model for this wine, the vines are planted in gravely soil along the bank of Dry Creek. White Grapefruit, Key Lime, and a more subtle lemon meringue character all vie for attention. Subtle, yet classic, varietal grassiness emerges along with nuances of vanilla, woodsy spice, and creamy yeastiness. The palate is round and smooth, with viscosity counterpointed by refreshing, totally natural acidity. There is a seamless quality to this wine, where proportion and balance just flow from beginning to end. 88% Sauvignon Blanc & 12% Semillon

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/9/2019 | Send Email
I have always liked the wines from Quivira, especially their Sauvignon Blancs. I am very happy to finally be introduced to this bottling this is the next level to their wines but not at the next level price. It is ripe yet restrained. It is medium full-bodied with depth, complexity, and presence. It is refreshing and crisp but not tart. This wine is perfect company. It is easy if you need it to be but if you want more there is plenty to it.

By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/3/2019 | Send Email
I’ve made my opinions known in the past that with the exception of a few key producers, Napa Sauvignon Blanc is not really my thing. I think the quality and value in places like Sonoma and Santa Ynez trump Sauvignon Blanc from the Napa Valley nearly every time. Case and point: Quivira from Dry Creek. Explosively aromatic, there’s plenty of bright Meyer lemon, classic grassy notes, and it just hints at Bordeaux blanc character. Bright and citrusy on the palate, this is lean, zippy, and angular. Complex, there’s plenty to explore here--it keeps you coming back to the glass again and again.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2019 | Send Email
The nose of this wine shows more herbaceous notes than I’ve seen in a California SVB in some time, I look on that as a positive. Lots of white flower mixed with herbal hints accent the medium full palate that shows lots of texture but is brightened by a good acidity. The finish accents the herbaceous notes again but then segues into a bit of figgy richness. A good balance and freshness a very good wine.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/23/2019 | Send Email
The two years I spent working and living in Sonoma County, I got to explore a lot of fun little wine AVAs of the area. On my days off, me and my buddies would go out tasting, and one of my favorite areas to explore was Dry Creek Valley. It was there, where I discovered Quivira winery, and had a very fond memory visiting there. So when I saw that we now carry this wonderful Sauvignon Blanc, I couldn't help but squee with delight. Tasting this, I picked up notes of grapefruit, citrus, and some slight grassiness, I couldn't but feel like I was transported back to Sonoma, enjoying this with my friends. This is a perfect wine for the upcoming Indian summer us Angelenos are all anticipating.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2019 | Send Email
The single-vineyard Alder Grove Sauvignon Blanc is one of my favorite offerings from Quivira. The wine is partially barrel fermented and aged in a mix of small and large French oak barrels, of which 15% is new. The remaining wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. When blended together, the result is a rather complex wine with gorgeous aromatics, a luxurious mouthfeel, with a refreshing lift of acidity. White flowers, lemon zest, lime, and Thai basil rise from the glass. The wine is refreshing on the palate with that tell-tale body of the Musque clone. There’s just a touch of green grassiness here but it’s merely seasoning on this fruit driven, mineral inflected wine. Rightfully so, this is one of the top-rated California Sauvignons in a field of wines twice the price.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).