I used to be stunned to find that we haven’t executed a proper evaluate of Illumination in five long years. That’s a disgrace, as a result of this wine, made by Napa’s Quintessa, stays a standout on the subject of sauvignon blanc (albeit one blended with sauvignon blanc musque and semillon, which is claimed to permit the wine to face up to longer growing old).
The 2021 Illumination is wealthy — equally floral and fruity however virtually creamy in texture. Notes of flambeed peaches, tangerine, and lemon peel cleared the path. Parts of lime leaf emerge on the end, the place some vanilla components develop into extra evident. Interesting from begin to end, the wine balances candy and tart components virtually completely, with only a dusting of spice evident on the conclusion. Illumination doesn’t appear to vary dramatically from one classic to the subsequent — and given its high quality, that’s positive by me.
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