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2008 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

by TrevR on April 27, 2010

A couple weeks back when the weather was quite warm we decided to pop open something from a local producer to cool off. This time around, we tried the 2008 Whitehall Lane Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.

About Whitehall Lane
Founded in 1979, Whitehall Lane is a small, family owned winery in the Rutherford appellation. The winery owns some 110 acres of Valley-floor vineyards and produces Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Reserve wine. The winery’s name come from the road that runs along the south border of the property (Whitehall Lane).

Tasting Notes
The ’08 is made up of 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon to balance out the acidity. Checking in at 13% alcohol by volume, the wine utilizes a cork-free enclosure.

In the glass it showed a light golden color and had a soft nose with hints of granny smith apples, green Jolly Rancher and honey.

On the palate the wine was crisp and lively, with hints of citrus and a surprisingly long finish. We paired the ’08 with fresh, grilled asparagus and homemade pizza bianca, which provided a nice overall counterbalance.

Winemaker Notes
This 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is bright and aromatic. Hints of honeydew and lime blend with an oak nuance. The wine has refreshing flavors of lemon and grapefruit with a long invigorating finish. Enjoy this wine with appetizers and lights entrees or as a summer sipper on the patio.

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Pricing
We picked up this wine at our local Whole Foods Market for $13.99 per 750ml bottle, which was a couple dollars off the normal $15.99 per 750ml bottle price.

Conclusion
At its price point (particularly if you’re able to score the slight discount we did) you can’t go wrong with the ’08 Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc, which is versatile enough to work with brunch, light appetizers or a hearty dinner. Overall, this is a solid Spring sipper that we’ll be keeping in our rotation for the foreseeable future.

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About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • dctravel

    This is one of my favorite wines. I think your description is very accurate, although I remember a hint of grapefruit as well. I was also a little suprised that a Sauvignon Blanc would spend time in oak. I thought that was unusual for Sauv. Blanc?

  • http://www.whitehalllane.com Katie Flashberger

    Thanks so much for your kind words about our Sauvingon Blanc. Glad it was able to make your evening more enjoyable!

    We would love to host you for a VIP tasting. Please reach out to me anytime.

    Cheers!
    Katie Flashberger

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