Rachis by Randy Hester Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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    • Zesty, perfume-y Sauv Blanc. Imagine some ruby red grapefruit and some pineapple skewers. It's clean and lean (no oak and less than 14% alc). 
    • The cooler growing season in the Hopland area of Mendocino keeps the wine fresh and crisp with a lot of fruitiness.
    • Randy just made a small test batch in 2012. He should definitely make more this year, but you're not going to want to wait that long to try it.

Aging advice
It's going great already. I think it will settle into a more complete wine as the shock of filtering, bottling, and shipping wears off, in about a month or so. From there I think we can expect 2-3 solid years from this wine.

Serving advice
It seems to be going better after having it open for a few minutes before drinking. When it really comes together nicely on the nose it's time to dig in. I like this wine at white wine temp, which for me is in the 40-45 degrees range. I accomplish this by chilling it in the refrigerator, then taking it out and opening it about 30 minutes before I want to drink it. When you pour your next glass, pop back in the refrigerator. It's an easy, thoughtless way to keep the wine right where you want it.

Local food match
I am still researching options, but so far the best pairing I have come up with for Rachis is a salad, which is made up of green olives, tomatoes, avocado, and feta cheese, all tossed in a homemade lemon vinaigrette. To make it a meal, add some boiled or broiled shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico. For something a little more self indulgent, a simple Gulf shrimp scampi, finished with lemon zest is delicious as well.

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