We’re always pleasantly surprised when we wander down the aisle at our neighborhood Whole Foods Market and come across a local wine we’ve not yet had the chance to taste.
Such was the case this past weekend…
We picked up a 750ml bottle of the 2005 Dylan Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc for $17. Produced and bottled by Dylan Wine Company in Oakville, the fruit for this wine comes from a single source out on Ponti Road in the highly-acclaimed Rutherford appellation in the heart of the Napa Valley.
The Green family owns the vineyard and has typically sold its crop to Caymus Vineyards. Earlier this decade the family began setting aside a small portion of the annual harvest to produce the Dylan Sauvignon Blanc.
At 14.2% alcohol by volume, the wine was quite pale in the glass and we got strong grassy and citrus notes on the nose. Light and refreshing, particularly on a warm summer afternoon, we were struck by the long finish that lent itself to some subtle caramel flavors.
We tried the 2005 Dylan Sauvignon Blanc on two successive days and found it to be lacking something on Day 2 (despite proper overnight storage). The wine provided a nice balance to a mildly spiced jerk chicken dish (Day 1) and held up nicely to a fresh Caesar salad (Day 2).
All told, at the $17 price range, we’ll definitely pick up another bottle in the near future.