People often ask me what my favorite wine is. I always say that I do not discriminate against any one grape or wine out there. I like white, pink, and red wines almost equally. Wine is all about the experience, and each bottle is an opportunity to have a wonderful time with family and friends. Although, I have to admit the first time I tried a Sauvignon Blanc I didn’t quite get it. It was crisp, too acidic, and dare I say tasted a bit like cat pee. All of that changed when I tried J.Scott Cellars 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. This wine blew any Sauvignon Blanc that I have tasted out of the water.
J.Scott Cellars is an urban winery located in West Eugene. It is nestled in right near the Noble Estate tasting room, and adjacent to the Viking Braggot Company. Jonathan Oberlander, head winemaker, produces varieties from all over Oregon. The reason why I love visiting their tasting room is the sheer amount of wine they make. They make everything from Pinot blanc to Petit syrah. He sources many grapes from Southern Oregon, and nearby in Junction City and Monroe. Being an urban winery can be a challenge because you have to find all the grapes you need from many different vineyards. J.Scott Cellars makes the best of it though and produces wines made from grapes sourced all over the state.
Sauvignon Blanc is a very interesting grape. Originally sourced in the Bordeaux region of France, it is a grape that has quite a long history. It also grows very well here in Oregon like many Bordeaux varieties. J.Scott’s 2013 version is the perfect example of the high quality grapes we are growing here. He sourced his grapes for this wine from vineyards all over the state. Southern Oregon, High Pass Vineyard in Eugene, and Silverton are all represented in this varietal.
The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc had initial scents of ripe citrus fruits and fresh cut grass. It reminded me of late Spring day. While I would describe this wine as dry, it was still very smooth and light bodied. It was very fruit forward with flavors of pineapple and pear popping out at me. It was just the right amount of tartness as well, extra crisp and refreshing. I usually drink Sauv Blanc with food but this time I went to it without accompaniment. It drank really well on it’s own, although pairing this with something light like local goat cheese, jam, and crackers would be delicious.
I picked up this wine straight from the source for only $18 at J.Scott Cellars. Their tasting room is open every Friday from 4 – 9 pm and Saturday from 1 – 9 pm. They also have an amazing 2013 Pinot Blanc that is in our frugal budget at $17. It won 90 points and editors choice from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It is definitely worth stopping by for a taste. Cheers!