94 Insider Points

REVIEWS

Rutherford-Style Sauv Blanc to Spice Up the Night

When most of us think of Sauvignon Blanc, it sticks in the mind to be full of crisp acidity, minerality and/or lemon-grass. Check all those boxes, then add a few more. Winemaker Morgan Maureze, with all the clout in his background, shows us his experience in this wine that is simply awesome. 

An oaky nose to start, speaking to the Rutherford style of Sauv Blanc. Lemon grass accompanied by baked lemon pie that leaves the palate quenched yet wanting more. Zippy acidity with a dash of minerality that pulls through the finish. Ready to drink, and perfect for white wine lovers of all sorts. 94 Points - JZ Oct '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.70%
  • SIZE
    750ml

What do Domaine de la Romanée Conti, Château Haut Brion, Petrus, Della Valle and Screaming Eagle have in common? They are five of the top wineries on the planet, sure. And, all of these incredible estates have benefited from the talent of Immix’s winemaker Morgan Maureze.

For this lemon-lime, honeysuckle and white-peach scented white, Maureze employed a combination of Sauvignon Blanc from Rancho Chimiles in Napa and Sauvignon Musqué (a clone of SB) from Hyde Vineyard in cool-climate Carneros for that ideal balance of ripe fruit and tangy acidity. On the palate, this juicy Sauvignon Blanc opens with a hint of green apple Jolly Rancher followed by Granny Smith apple and Key lime fruit. Well chilled, there are few wines more refreshing than this boutique SB. Perfect for salads and light meals of fish or chicken.

·    French born Morgan Maureze began his career in wine as a teenager—spending summers and holidays assisting in the vineyards at Dominus.

·    After a viticulture and enology degree from UC Davis, Maureze continued his studies at the University of Bordeaux while working “in the field” at Haut Brion, Magdalaine and Trotanoy.

·    Having mastered Bordeaux, Maureze moved on to Burgundy where he completed his Masters Thesis at Domaine de la Romanee Conti.

·    The night after the first ton of fruit destined for the first Immix release was pressed and barreled, a 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook the Napa Valley. This memorable event inspired the seismograph that is now an integral aspect of the winery’s logo.

TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

In the glass the wine is bright and clear with a hue of golden straw.  Aromatically, initial impressions of pear, stone fruit, and lemon curd, give way to honeysuckle, tart pineapple, and wet stone.  On the palate, the wine boasts a vibrant entry, bursting with tangy citrus, minerality, grapefruit, and white peach. 

Very balanced and food friendly. Makes you salivate.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

For Morgan Maureze, wine has always been and will always be a part of his blood and heritage. Born in France, raised, trained, and educated in both French and California wine-making regions, his experience spans continents and decades alike.

He started his career in his mid teens, spending holidays and summers at Dominus estate where he mostly worked in the vineyards. Upon achieving his UC Davis diploma in viticulture and enology, he decided to further pursue his education in his native region at the University of Bordeaux in an endeavor to compare both worlds.  During his stay in France, he worked at Chateau Haut Brion, Etablissements Jean-Pierre Moueix (which managed esteemed chateaus such as Petrus, Magdalaine, and Trotanoy), and Domaine de la Romanee Conti where he ultimately completed his Masters Thesis.

Since returning to the Napa Valley, he has been working with Andy Erickson, with whom he crossed paths at Ovid, assisting him with his small high-end Napa Valley clients Arietta Wines, Dancing Hares Vineyards, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Marciano Estate , and Screaming Eagle.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This is a very food friendly wine! Pair with a variety of salads or pasta salads, chicken with an herb glaze, or a light seafood dish.