Sauvignon Blanc has always shared aromatic similarity with the great red wine grape Cabernet Sauvignon (something approaching herbaceousness) and in 1997 Sauvignon Blanc’s standing rose in the world of wine with DNA Testing established that, with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc was a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, the result of a spontaneous field crossing, probably in the 18th century in Bordeaux.
Sauvignon Blanc’s most recognizable characteristic is its piercing, instantly recognizable aroma. Description usually include grassy, herbaceous, musky, green fruits, nettles and even tomcats.
A few top producers are:
Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc, Groth Vineyard and Winery Sauvignon Blanc, and Frog’s Leap Sauvignon Blanc.