Reviews - Sauvignon Blanc

St. Helena Star / December 19, 2013

"Kelly Fleming Sauvignon Blanc 2012"

Yes, it’s still time for sauvignon blanc! If there is fresh crab to be had, then sauvignon blanc should be flowing. It is also a great starter before you pull out the big cab.

But pour this Kelly Fleming wine ($36) only if you really like your guests. They are going to want to stay for a second glass. This is one of those sauvignon blancs where the tropical and citrus fruits burst in your mouth. It is delicious.

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International Wine Cellar, Stephen Tanzer, Issue 168, May/June 2013

Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc was given 90 points, and Stephen Tanzer wrote:

"Bright pale yellow. Cool aromas of lemon, grapefruit, menthol and mint. Tightly wound but already brisk and refreshing, with a distinctly crisp character to the bone-dry lemon and licorice flavors complicated by a leesy nuance."

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Terroirist.com, David White, December 27, 2011

Our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was given 93 points, and David White wrote:

"Beautiful. The wine perfectly combines all that’s attractive about green Sauvignon Blanc (fresh-cut grass & jasmine), along with what you’d expect of riper versions (beautiful citrus fruits beyond just lemons and limes – grapefruit makes an appearance). The oak (20% new) is well integrated, resulting in a touch of vanilla. Some lees characteristics are also present. A crisp, focused, well-crafted wine."

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St. Helena Star / September 15, 2011

"Wine of the Week: Kelly Fleming Wines 2010 Oakville-Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc"

This Oakville-Napa Valley 2010 Sauvignon Blanc ($30) is meticulously made -- there is skin contact, fermentation in French oak barrels and stainless steel, lees and barrel aging. The winery did not take the easy route in making this wine, and to grand results. You get refreshingly delicious fruit and citrus flavors, but also a full-bodied wine that is creamy on the palate.

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Andrew Wells, "Wells on Wine" Blog

"Gorgeous"

2009 Sauvignon Blanc/ Taste 8, Nose 8, Value 9

..Their white wine is gorgeous... again made by Celia Welch, it uses half french oak and half stainless steel and the depth and richness is impressive while still retaining crispness and vibrancy... the nose is lovely, with lemongrass, jasmine, pear, pineapple and vanilla notes mixing wonderfully... and in the mouth the oak really highlights the honeyed pineapple impression, which is perfectly balanced between tartness and sweetness, with a hint of minerality and a delicious tangy vanilla finish... super nice.

Thursday, June 23, 2011, Read blog post

"Wine Without BS," Australian Blog

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"Well Balanced and Enjoyable to Drink"

2009 Sauvignon Blanc

It is light in colour and at times can appear almost clear but does have a pale straw/hay-like hue. I found the aroma to be fairly light, not at all like the the pungent Marlborough wines many would be more familiar with. There are hints of vanilla as a result of the French Oak and some noticeable fruity aromas like pear and some stone fruits.

Light fruit flavours on the palate included peach and pineapple in the after taste. The use of 50% oak is also noticeable in the flavour yet the wine is well balanced and enjoyable to drink...If you needed any more evidence of the quality of the wines then it would be worth noting the restaurants that can boast having Fleming Wines on their list include The Beverly Hills Hotel, Michael Mina and The French Laundry!

July 4, 2011, Link to blog post.