Wine Last Sold on: September 25, 2012
Mario Bazán Cellars
2011 Mario Bazán Sauvignon Blanc
|Region:||California: Napa Valley|
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Mission Codename: All that is Golden
- Agent Red
- Return to Mario Bazán Cellars, secure an ample allocation of their stellar, of the latest vintage of their delicious, value-priced Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
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- Victoria Coleman
Today’s 2011 Mario Bazán Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful follow-on to their previous vintage SB. Once again the wine exhibits plenty of character, but with a much more soft and luxurious feel, this time around. In fact, this is one of the most tender Sauvignon Blancs we have tasted. And, for all its softness, this wine does not lose its crisp and refreshing edge.
Pair this wonderful, budget-friendly wine with hard cheeses, seafood, pasta Alfredo or with your upcoming Holiday meals. This refreshing white wine will please all of your party guests, so be sure to have plenty on hand.
Lovely straw yellow, with perfectly even color, from edge to heart. After swirling, tall, skinny, viscous legs fall slowly down the glass.
Fresh lemon, lemon zest and soft lime. Freshly dried hay, subtle white spice, pineapple and zesty sweetwood follow as the wine warms.
Ultra round and velvet-smooth on entry, the wine becomes very slowly grippy. A supple, slow-spreading dryness moves from the center of the palate, outward.
Bright and very flavorful, with loads of creamy lemon curd, white peach, pineapple and yellow grapefruit. Lemongrass, tart young pear, pluot and sweetwood follow.
Super long, with plenty of long-sustaining fruit that slowly yields from sweet to tart. After a few long moments, the wine spreads a white mineral dryness across the whole palate.
What the Winery Says
The 2011 Mario Bazán Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is an explosion of lemongrass, grapefruit, flinty, and mineral aromas, followed by apple blossom, fig, and pear notes. A juicy entry with taste of nectarine, and lime, is supported by a vibrant acidity with a touch of creamy texture. It has a long finish of mineral, grapefruit, and honeysuckle flavors.
About the Winery
Mario Bazán, an immigrant from Oaxaca, México, arrived in the Napa Valley in 1973. Charmed by its beauty, he settled here and began his life’s work in the vineyards.
In 1979, after a few years working for prestigious companies such as Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Vyborny Vineyard Management Company, among others, Mario went to work for Robert Mondavi Winery. There, he began as a general laborer, then tractor driver, mechanic’s assistant, finally working his way up to foreman. It was in that position, in 1982, that he was put in charge of outside management for Opus One, Sonapa and To-kalon Vineyards.
After 16 years with Robert Mondavi, Mario had honed his skills and been dreaming for some time of running his own business. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, where he teamed with Michael Silacci, winemaker, and Julia Winiarski, was his last stop before this dream came true. In 1997, Mario left Stags Leap to run his own company.
Gloria Bazán was born in Michoacán, Mexico. A graduate from the University of Michoacán dental school, she obtained a specialty in pediatric dentistry at the Mexican Army University in 1992, and practiced at her private clinic in Morelia, Michoacán until April of 2005.
Gloria met and developed a romance with Mario through the Internet in July of 2003. After 2 years of long-distance dating, they were married. She gave up her dental practice in Mexico and moved to Napa, California, to live with her husband. Gloria now shares her life with Mario, their twins Antonio and Alexander, a dog and a cat.