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Honig ‘Family Selection’ Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Napa Valley, California

The Lady Eve (1941)
10/23/2016 @ 04:00 PM (ET)
11/17/2016 @ 09:30 PM (ET)

Barbara Stanwyck’s witty and cynical characters in Baby Face and Double Indemnity pair beautifully with the pleasing acidity of this Sauvignon Blanc. Alluring tropical aromas and notes of ripe stone match Stanwyck’s strong heroines who use their wiles to take on the world. And there’s no smoother finish than in The Lady Eve, a vibrant comedy in which she uses cunning and sex appeal to ensnare costar Henry Fonda. Like this Honig ‘Family Selection’, Stanwyck dazzles.

THE WINE

Napa's Honig family is “well-known for their Sauvignon Blancs,” says critic Robert Parker. They’re also famed for their personal approach, although – while they make seriously good wines – the family and winery staff like to show that they don’t take themselves too seriously (see the latest iteration of their annual group postcard, below). Honig winemaker Kristin Belair spared no attention to detail when crafting this fine white. Enjoy ripe stone and tropical fruit flavors, with zippy acidity and a smooth finish

THE WINEMAKER

Among other honors, Kristin’s wines have appeared in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list. She’s a 30-year veteran, and her quality-led approach is evident here. After hand selecting the ripest fruit from top-notch Rutherford vineyards, she whole-cluster-pressed a portion of it to enhance tropical fruit flavors. The rest of the grapes were left in contact with their skins, to amplify lively citrus character. Cool fermentation was used for optimal freshness, followed by light surlie aging, for a ripe, round texture.

THE REGION

While Napa’s perhaps best known for rich Chardonnay, you’ll also find great Sauvignon Blanc – from pure-fruited, unoaked examples like this, to those with a kiss of toastiness from barrel aging. As Wine Enthusiast’s Steve Heimoff notes, the best are “distinguished wines, dry and fruity and crisp, with floral and mineral notes, and their prices are relative bargains compared to Chardonnays of equal quality.”

WITH FOOD

The Honig family’s so committed to quality that they’ve chosen to focus exclusively on Sauvignon Blanc (and in red, Cabernet Sauvignon). Not only is this fine white extra-flavorful, but dashes of honeyed Sémillon (2%) and floral Muscat (1%) have made it extra-aromatic. It’s a superb aperitif, and will also hit the spot with goat cheese (a classic Sauvignon pairing), crisp salads and more.

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