2018 Vintage Wines are “Bright” in Wine Advocate’s August 2020 Week 2 Issue

USA, California, Sonoma County: More 2018s

Here are some more recent releases from Sonoma County… 2018 in Sonoma has been hailed as a spectacular vintage, and for many top wineries it is… The 2018 vintage carried the potential for near-perfect wines… 2018 was an unusually long, cool growing season, and there are many gorgeous wines to choose from. Regional character is clear across appellations… —Erin Brooks

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2018 Les leçons des maîtres – 92+ points

750 mL Bottle 2018 Shared Notes VintageThe 2018 Les Leçons des Maîtres is a serious wine, composed of 76% Sauvignon Blanc and 24% Sémillon. The nose is gorgeous, with aromas of warm peaches, white lilac, beeswax, dried hay, kiwi and hints of fresh tarragon. The medium-bodied palate is rounded and elegantly styled with understated flavors, bright freshness and a long finish. I suspect this will improve and gain nuance over the next 3-5 years in bottle.

2018 Les pierres qui décident – 92 points

750 mL Bottle 2018 Shared Notes VintageMade of 100% Sauvignon Blanc, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Les Pierres Qui Décident has a bright nose of gooseberry, kiwi and lime peel with white peach, tarragon and crushed stone aromas. The palate is light-bodied, zesty and bright with citrusy flavors and a long, juicy finish.