JoshKates was in town and we tried:
1. Novy SauvBlanc RRV (Skin soaked; 13.1%; www.NovyFamilyWines.com) SantaRosa 2012
: Light gold color w/ slight onion-skin tinge; some herbal/melony/SB very slight phenolic/earthy/apple cider quite interesting nose; fairly tart/tangy/lean light phenolic/apple cider/earthy rather saline/savory very light herbal/SB flavor w/ light/astringent/tangy tannins; rather long quite savory/saline slight earthy/phenolic/cider finish w/ light tannic bite; a very unusual white for Adam w/ lots of saline/savory character; a really interesting cross of herbal/SB and phenolic/savory character.
2. CowanCllrs Isa LakeCnty (Skin-frmtd SauvBlanc; 13.1%; www.CowanCellars.com) SantaRoas 2010
: Deep golden/burnished bronze slight murky color; rather strang phenolic/apple cider/earthy slight herbal/musky/waxy/earthy/resiny rather complex nose; very tart/tangy rather phenolic/savory/saline/resiny slight herbal/SB/earthy/grapefruiity quite complex flavor w/ light astringent tannins; very long/complex tart/tangy some resiny/savory/phenolic/apple cider finish w/ light astringent tannins; this wine is really getting interesting, needs food, and served at a red wine temperature.
And a wee BloodyPulpit:
1. This was, I believe, Josh's & Joe's first exposure to skin-contact whites. Couldn't really tell if they liked them or not, but they weren't wildly ecstatic about them & dancing on the table.
This was a pretty interesting comparison of skin-contact SauvBlancs made in a reductive manner. Clearly, Adam's didn't have the length of skin contact as Jim's...there was some noticible SauvBlanc varietal character in there w/ the phenolic character. I believe Jim's had skin contact throughout the entire fermentation. I recall it have no obvious SB varietal character when I first had it, but there seemed to be a bit peeking thru this time. His wine took me back to my JrHigh days when I played violin in the orchestra & had the hots for BarbaraMullin. It had the same resiny aroma I recall from those days, long ago, when I'd resin up my bow. His wine is starting to develop some secondary nuances and complexity and becomming quite interesting.