Thursday, December 15, 2016

Wine Review: Hanna Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Hanna Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Dr. Elias Hanna was raised around the farm life, and in 1985 he bought 12 acres of vineyard land in Russian River Valley to bring him back to his farming roots, founding Hanna Winery & Vineyards. Today their Home Ranch Vineyard has 25 acres of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Russian River Valley, and their Slusser Ranch Vineyard (also in RRV) is 50 acres of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Red Ranch Vineyard is 88 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot in Alexander Valley. In the New Moon AVA of Sonoma they've got their Bismark Mountain Vineyard, planted with 67 acres of Zinfandel and, like Red Ranch Vineyard, Bordeaux varieties.

I've got right here a bottle of their 2015 Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc. 100% SB fermented in stainless steel with a comination of commercial yeasts and wild ones, and then aged in stainless steel on the lees. For a few vintages there I was getting a lot of floride on the palate of California Sauvignon Blanc but that seems to be fading, so I'm hoping this one continues with that trend.

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
COSMOS!
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So I've been rewatching the 2014 remake of Cosmos again and I urge those who have never seen it to do so, and those who have seen it to watch it again. And please, if you have kids then watch it with them.

Christmas is coming and here's some educational things that I suggest parents pick up off of Amazon for their children. My daughter has all of these.
Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey (also on Netflix)
Older than the Stars by Karen C. Fox - children's book about the Big Bang
Little Changes by Tiffany Taylor - children's book about evolution
Star Stuff by Stephanie Roth Sisson - children's book about Carl Sagan's childhood
See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes and Colin King
Little Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes
The Belief Book by David G. McAfee - a chapter book on different religions

Sorry but I'm becoming increasingly concerned about our future and our children's future now. We're about to have a science-denying presidency in this country and we need to make sure it doesn't happen again. Please, inspire your kids to give a damn about the truth and give importance to facts. The truth is fascinating and they'll love it, and it will help them their entire lifetime.

On with the wine! The color of the wine is damn near close to water. The nose is very lemon-grassy and very floral. There's also aromas necatrine, celery and lime peel. On the mid palate it's medium bodied and surprisingly soft and lush in mouthfeel, while still having the kind of bright acidity that you want out of a Sauvie. For flavors it has freshly squeezed lemon juice, peaches and ginger.

The star moment of this wine is the finish. It's INSANELY long with the flavors and feel of freshly squeezed lemon juice, sprinkled with fresh green herbs. Just one sip and you will be enjoying this wine for a good five minutes or more after you swallow.

For $20 that's a pretty damn good Sonoma Sauvie. I recommend you try it for yourself.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $20
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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