2001 Mason Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

WINE OF THE WEEK

October 23, 2002|By Michael Dresser

2001 Mason Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($15). This appealing white wine shows the elegant balance that can be struck when a winemaker uses a blend of barrel-fermented wine with wine that has been fermented in stainless steel. The oak barrels add a touch of softness and a vanilla taste to the melange of flavors: fig, peach, pear, melon, Asian spices. It has a lightly sweet edge, as much from the oak as any residual sugar, and excellent intensity. Serve with full-bodied seafood such as salmon or with spicy Cajun or Caribbean cuisine.

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