2021 Dave’s Porch Wine, Sauvignon Blanc
This wine has made my Best Wines Tasted for the last two years in the less than $50 category. While the last three stories that I have published have been wines in the $150 to $250 range, this is no step child. It holds its own and rightful place as an outstanding wine regardless of price.
The Wine Owner & Winemaker
Dave Yewell is the owner from north Napa Valley. He is in his 12th year producing “an everyday table wine” to be enjoyed by friends and those in the know! Today they offer two wines 2021 Sauvignon Blanc from the SF East Bay region and a 2021 Rose of Pinot from Sonoma Valley. His goal is truly to produce an everyday wine as both go for $130 a case (12) and includes tax and shipping. Unheard of from most wineries!
The winemaker is the renowned Rudy Zuidema who just made his best Sauvignon Blanc! He is also the winemaker for many other wineries including Rapp Ranch, Shadybrook Estate, Red Cap Wines, Southern Roots, Phamus, Napa de Oro and many others including his Zuidema Wine Company. All of which are excellent wines with many varietals produced.
From the initial pour this caught my attention as being a shade darker than previous vintages, yet still a soft golden yellow. This was produced with no malolactic fermentation and non-oaked. On the nose, aromatic with dried herbs and white peach. On the palate is where this wine showed its pedigree and phenomenal taste. Not a typical New Zealand (citrus flavors & super crisp) but one of restrained character of brioche, silky and smooth, with a touch of apricot and a mild lemongrass. The finish all mouth consuming with an intense full body and was long lasting, especially for Sauvignon Blanc. Immediately this will make my Best Tasted Wines for 2023 in the under $50 bracket.
The Food and Wine Pairing
A baked chicken breast with broccoli, potatoes and fresh lemon juice, with spices of rosemary and parsley. Accompanied with a fresh garden salad with salted pepitas. First time for this dish which was very tasty along with the first time tasting the 2021 Dave’s Porch Wine Sauvignon Blanc.