Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2008 RRV

Producer: Hanna

Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation: Russian River Valley (AVA, California)

Vineyards: From estate vineyards across RRV: Slusser 53%, Ricioli 11%, Brooks 11%, Gann Family 9%, Chalk Ridge 8%, Jensen Lane 3%, Crinella 2%, Mirabelle 1% and Gianquinto 1%. (I know all that vineyard detail doesn’t tell you much about the wine, but I can’t resist including it when the winery provides it on the website.)

Vintage: 2008

Winemaking: Stainless steel fermentation. 25% Malolactic fermentation. No oak — aged in stainless steel on the lees.

Alcohol: 13.8%

Price: $15

My tasting notes: Grass, melon and a very nice ripe pineapple note on the nose. It is quite tropical on the palate, with a good lemon-lime zippiness. Despite the crisp acidity it manages to feel slightly plush in the mouth and has good length.

Overall impression: A fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc in the New Zealand mold. One of the better Cali SBs I’ve tried it a while. B

Free association: Pineapple and grass…

More info:

90 points from Wine & Spirits.

Other reviews at Wine Witch and Cellar Tracker (avg. 86.8).

2 comments to Hanna Sauvignon Blanc 2008 RRV

  • Maybe I have just missed the trend or not been paying attention but in the past couple weeks I have tasted and read about several SB’s that are aged on the lees and have ML. It was weird to drink an SB with a creamy mouthfeel. Is this a new style or trend or have I just had my head in the sand? Nice site I enjoy it.

  • Jim/VINEgeek

    Thanks for the comment – glad you like the site. Time on the lees and MLF are not new to SB, though certainly there has been a lot of emphasis in recent years on hyper-clean and crisp, fruit-forward styles, so perhaps there is a counter-trend afoot.

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