Here in the Napa Valley no Easter brunch is complete without a couple bottles of wine.
This past weekend we had the chance to take a local Sauvignon Blanc (the 2009 Decoy Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc) for a spin alongside our Easter brunch consisting of fresh strawberries, pineapple and other fruit, homemade quiche and of course bacon.
The Decoy brand tag-line is “everyday wine for the well-informed”. A creation of the Duckhorn Wine Company, which includes the Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, Goldeneye and Migration brands, Decoy “emphasizes ready-upon-release wines that are capable of expressing their full charm and complexity in their youth.” In addition to the Sauvignon Blanc, you can also find a Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir.
The 2009 is made up of 79% Sauvignon Blanc and 21% Semillon. This is roughly the same breakdown of many of our favorite Sauvignon Blanc’s–we find the Semillon, with its lower acidity, provides a nice overall balance. In the glass the wine was very pale, almost white and the light, soft nose showed slight hints of citrus. The full, refreshing mouth-feel lent way to flavor notes of green melon and pineapple.
Expanding on this rich winemaking tradition, Decoy Sauvignon Blanc allows our winemaking team the opportunity to explore a different expression of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Made using grapes from top independent growers, our Decoy Sauvignon Blanc is fermented exclusively in stainless steel to preserve its lively aromas and bright flavors. The result is an enticing wine that highlights vibrant citrus and lemongrass layers.
The fruit for the ’09 was harvested between August 25 — September 9, 2009 and was fermented in 100% stainless steel. The wine was bottled in January 2010 and released the following month.
We picked up a 750ml bottle at our local Whole Foods for $17.99, which was not a sale price, and have seen this wine listed online for as low as $13.99.
We enjoyed this wine and thought it paired quite nicely with our Easter brunch–we could see matching it with grilled salmon and vegetables or sushi. In our estimation, the 2009 Decoy Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc certainly delivers on the label’s stated goal of providing a young wine that’s ready to drink upon release. For under $20 per 750ml bottle this is a solid option and one we’ll be going back to in the future.