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The Setting Wines Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2021  - First Bottle


96 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
The 2021 Sauvignon Blanc is a gorgeous oak-matured example reminiscent of top-quality Bordeaux Blanc. It's surely a relief for winemaker Jesse Katz, who chose not to make this cuvée in 2020. "This vineyard is out in Dry Creek and it was too close to the fires," Katz explains. "Everyone says that whites weren't affected, but no—we skipped the vintage there, even for the whites." Aged six months in 38% new French oak, it opens with alluring tones of matchstick that quickly give way to luxurious white peach, lemongrass, kiwi and tarragon plus wafts of river stone and exotic spice. The medium-bodied palate surprises with its concentrated, expansive flavors and boasts an ultra satiny texture. Energetic yet seamless, it calls you back for another sip on the long finish and is a pleasure to drink! 494 cases were made.
93 Decanter -
On the nose this wine is bright and fresh, bursting with citrus and a hint of vanilla bean. On the palate, it's staggeringly bright and fresh with leanness and mouthwatering quality rarely seen in oaked Sauvignon Blancs. The brightness, freshness, and texture (not overly angular or sharp but also not as rounded or plush as an SB that has seen barrel time) and lack of toasted notes may be attributed to the unique barrel treatment: untoasted Château Haut Brion French oak barrels with the ends of the barrels replaced with lightly toasted Acacia. An absolutely stunning wine.

Technical Details

  • Blend75% Sauvignon Blanc and 25% Sauvignon Musqué
  • WinemakerJesse Katz
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationSonoma County
  • Oak38% New Oak, 62% Used Oak
  • Aging/CooperageAged in Seguin Moreau Acacia and Francois Frere Barrels
  • Alcohol14%
  • Production500 Cases cases

The Setting Wines Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County 2021

Sauvignon Blanc  |  US
WA96, DC93

36% off retail!

This is one of the tippy-top best sauvignon blancs in California, made in the Bordelaise style and sure to rock the world of any white wine lover. 96 POINTS! Jesse Katz is the wizard behind the curtain here, and this is something you simply have to experience to believe!

The Setting is a relatively new project between three friends and is based in Sonoma County. One of those friends happens to be Jesse Katz – one of California’s (and beyond) truly up-and-coming winemakers. He’s built a global resume that would rival some of the best, with stints at Château Petrus, Château Haut Brion, Viña Cobos, Screaming Eagle, and more. He’s worked on two of the world’s most expensive sauvignon blancs – both at Haut Brion and Screaming Eagle – yet this effort at the helm may just be his most impressive yet!

Apart from his vast experience and the great fruit coming out of Dry Creek Valley, the secret to this wine’s incredible depth and flavor just might be the barrels. Just like he did at Haut Brion, this wine ages in 60-gallon barrels of Seguin-Moreau, but the staves are completely untoasted, and the heads of the barrels have been replaced with charred acacia wood. The effect is some sort of mystical alchemy, where the wine is pure, chiseled, and incredibly bright, yet with the faintest whispers of toasty acacia wood, more of a complement to the wine’s natural expression than a competitor.

The flavors are mineral and ripe, with peach and tangerine, lemongrass and tarragon, key lime, and lemon meringue – with each complementary flavor uplifted by a bright and flinty river rock character. The wine is round, yet linear, with both amplitude and intensity that carries into an impressively long finish. This should age as well as any California sauvignon blanc I have ever tasted – which is to say, a decade plus in good cellar conditions. But truly, this is giving, interesting, and just too cool for school in the here and now to wait on. So buy a case, and mix it up, with some for now and some for later...and I assure you, you will never, ever regret it!

PAIRING IDEAS: I went ahead and paired this with a Japanese twist on ceviche. I used small Japanese cucumbers, some red peppers, and daikon radish – all brunoised to a very fine dice – and mixed with wild Alaskan halibut, and a marinade of yuzu juice, with a dash each of soy, mirin, and seasoned rice vinegar. I finished with a chiffonade of shiso leaf, a small dab of koshu (Japanese chili paste), and a dash of toasted sesame oil, and was soooo good with this!

About the Producer

Established in 2014, The Setting emerges as a luxurious wine collection masterminded by three close friends: Jeff Cova, Noah McMahon, and their esteemed winemaker, Jesse Katz. Jesse, who earned the honor of being the first winemaker on Forbes' "30 under 30" list, boasts an impressive resume that encompasses 19 harvests at internationally renowned wineries like Chateau Petrus, Robert Foley, and his role as a vital part of the winemaking team at Screaming Eagle. The Setting Wines represents the culmination of enduring relationships cultivated over decades, extending from Napa to Sonoma County, with access to the most esteemed vineyards in both valleys.