There's much at play here. This has a hazelnut edge on the nose with flinty, restrained and dialled back citrusy fruit presence. Minerally and stony with dried flowers too. A clever wine. The palate has a level of weight and texture more associated with Chablis. Very long, piercing, focused and glossy tight-wrapped fruit here. Excellent. Drink now.
A significant step up over the base Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Sect. 94 reminds me of a top-flight Bordeaux Blanc. White currants, citrus, white flowers, minerality and earthy mushroom-like nuances all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, concentrated and beautifully textured Sauvignon Blanc. Aged 18 months in oak with regular lees stirring, drink this rich, balanced, terrific white over the coming 4-5 years.
A barrel-fermented, no-holds-barred style of Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 Section 94 delivers honeyed peaches, lemon tart and pink grapefruit on the nose with hints of struck match (sulfides), lightly browned toast and yeast extract. The palate is wonderfully intense with a gorgeous, creamy texture and tons of flavor layers, finishing long. Wow--this vintage is firing on all cylinders and should age beautifully over the next 5-7+ years. (LPB)
Complex and vivid, with rye toast, lime marmalade and peppery white flower notes that are intense and succulent, with details of green tea and lemon verbena on a sleek, smooth and mouthwatering frame. (MW, Web only-2016)
(spent 18 months in older French oak): Bright, light yellow. Sexy leesy funkiness to the aromas of ripe peach, fresh herbs and stony minerality, plus a touch of lemon peel with air. Quite dry and tactile, with penetrating, distinctly saline mineral acidity currently keeping the wine's primary fruit flavors under wraps; still some undissolved CO2. A fascinating extract-rich Sauvignon, at once fine-grained, salty and very long. Strong minerality and lemony cut reminded me a bit of Burgundy. Extremely young wine with terrific inner-mouth tension. and a superb tactile, rising finish. Not at all about fruit in the early going. (ST)
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