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Kalin Cellars-Sauvignon Blanc-"Reserve - Stealth Cuvee" Livermore Valley-2001

Kalin Cellars
Sauvignon Blanc
"Reserve - Stealth Cuvee" Livermore Valley


Kalin, famous for releasing their wines at full maturity, when UMAMI is at its height. The SB is from the gravelly soils and windy environs of Livermore Valley. Vines date back as far as the 1880s with Chateau d’Yquem cuttings. Healthy acidity keeps the wine alive. Dried citrus peel, seaweed, grapefruit extract, dried mushroom…

100+ year old vine Sauvignon Blanc from the rocky, wind-swept vineyards of Livermore Valley. 20% Semillon. Cuttings from Chateau d’Yquem. 2001 is current release (Kalin releases their wines when they’re at their fully mature best.) Unique and wonderful if you know what to expect. Aged sur lie in 50% new French oak, then bottle aged 12 years before release. "An incredibly fresh, exuberant wine with beautiful caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, lanolin, medium to full body, great acidity and a long, heady finish." Robert Parker
From Kalin Cellars:
Most wines evoke the taste sensations of sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Kalin Cellars wines are among the VERY, VERY few wines presently available that evoke the FIFTH Taste of Umami. Umami is a newly discovered basic taste that is fundamentally different from the other four. It is variously described as delicious, savory or meaty. It is associated with the taste of perfection - a wine, fruit, cheese, mushroom or ham that is at its peak of flavor maturity and quality. Most wines are either not capable of attaining Umami or are offered for sale long before the fifth flavor of perfection is achieved. Kalin Cellars wines are aged in temperature and humidity controlled underground cellars until they achieve the perfection of Umami. Only after three to ten years of bottle age are these wines released for sale. To learn more about Wine With The Fifth Taste please visit the Umami Wine Page.


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