The Seventy Five Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is 90% Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Musquee Clone Sauvignon Blanc sourced from vineyards in more than one California grape growing AVA. The Seventy Five Wine Company is named after the year (1975) that Tuck Beckstoffer founded his company. His family is pioneers in Napa Valley wine and Tuck has lived his whole life in and around vineyards and wineries. I mentioned which clones were used in the making of this Sauv Blanc, because there is something a little unique about the grapes that are used here. Clone 1 Sauvignon Blanc grape is the main vine planted in California, it is also the main clone planted in New Zealand. Musquee Clone Sauvignon Blanc is a mutation of the Sauvignon Blanc grape and adds an intense floral nose and flavors reminiscent of the Muscat grape. Wines in this value price range (I found the 75 Sauv Blanc for $11.99 at a local supermarket) usually concentrate on sourcing quality grapes and don’t worry too much about which clone is which. It is nice to see a wine show attention to detail that you usually only see in more boutique wines. The alcohol content is 13.5%.
The color is a pale wheat yellow with a slight olive tint. The nose is floral, with stone fruit, lemon, peach, pineapple, guava, lime, and apple. The 75 has bright, crisp acidity and a terrific array of flavors. It tastes of peach, unsweetened pineapple, lemon, grapefruit, and Golden Delicious apple. The mid-palate shows ripe juicy pear, a little melon, and a hint of lemonade. The acidity is well-balanced, yes, this is a food wine and yes, it drinks very well on its own. The finish is lengthy and never really fade away.
The Seventy Five Wine Company Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is a first-rate Sauv Blanc. Even though the main Clone used is the same as the Sauv Blanc from New Zealand, this wine isn’t as bold, its bright, but balanced. It reminds me of the Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Vally in France, which along with Bordeaux is the hometown for Sauvignon Blanc. If you ask me, a solid dose of Loire Valley in a California Sauvignon Blanc makes for a very good wine.