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Modest Wines La Graves Robber Sauvignon Blanc / Semillontext
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Modest Wines La Graves Robber Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon 2020

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaModest Wines is a new project from the folks at Mt. Boucherie, headed by newish GM Jesse Harnden, and was originally designed to be a tiny project to pair with the food from their on-site Honest Butcher restaurant. Jesse's creativity started flowing, however, and Modest Wines now sources fruit from a few different vineyards in the Okanagan, including their estate, to make more edgy, adventuresome wines. La Graves Robber is a cheeky reference to Bordeaux's Graves region, and its reign over excellent sauvignon blanc / sémillon blends. This 'robs' that idea with 80% sauvignon blanc from Naramata, blended with 20% off sém off their estate vineyard in OK Falls. This was aged in neutral oak puncheons on lees until bottling. The sauvignon is briskly out front, but the sultry sém dials it all in, and sets the tone for a sophisticated, elegant, and highly drinkable wine. Pink grapefruit rules (pith, rind, and juice), followed by crunchy pear, lemon blossom, and a slight slick of honeysuckle with a waxy sheen, courtesy the sémillon. This harmonious, elegant wine lingers with a luring citrus and desert sage note. Well done.Tasted: 26 May 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 26.99 winery online/direct Producer: Mt. Boucherie Estate WineryDistributors: The Bacchus Group Inc.
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc - SémillonUPC: 812289201753