Dunham Cellars 2018 Sauvignon Blanc

January 29, 2020

Wine & Dine Wednesday is about one of my favorite winemakers, Dunham, and one of my favorite whites, Sauvignon Blanc. That those two would be in the same sentence is not common in the least, as they are known & loved for their reds. So imagine my surprise when I saw a row of these bottles on the shelves of the wine section at our beloved Vashon Thriftway this weekend. This very food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc hits it out of the ballpark. But of course it does, it is from Dunham. There are just certain vintners you always know will produce something memorable. Now a little wine speak from the web.

“Never in the 23-year history of Dunham Cellars had Sauvignon Blanc been in the portfolio until last fall when viticulturist Kenny Hart talked his way into Gamache Vineyard near the historic Sagemoor planting. And then, Robert Campisi, in his first vintage as head winemaker at Dunham, delivered a knockout. He took a rather complex approach with his program – 30% stainless steel, 17% new oak and 53% neutral oak – and the results are utterly delicious. Complex notes of lemon, brioche, starfruit and kumquat are joined by a touch of gooseberry. The skillful use of oak merely adds a layer of creaminess to the midpalate, balancing the acidity while allowing for subtle grassiness and Bosc pear in the delicate finish. Suggested pairings include patio fare, shellfish or cheese.