Adobe Road winery was founded in 2002 by Kevin and Debra Buckler and is situated right in the heart of Sonoma County in California.
Prior to being in the wine industry, Kevin Buckler was a world-class race car driver, having founded The Racing Group (TRG) and having won the GT class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Kevin has carried his passion and intensity with him into the world of wine, producing bold, robust wines from some of the best regions and vineyards in all of California.
Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc Review
A portion of the juice in this bottle is sourced from the esteemed Bavarian Lion vineyard in Knights Valley, Sonoma.
The vineyard has been tended Ehret family since 1996. Many of the most notable and prestigious Sauvignon Blancs from Sonoma County have dipped into their supply at one point or another.
Fun fact, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the parent grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon! The other grape varietal being Cabernet Franc.
Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc Summary
- Brand: Adobe Road
- Country: United States
- Region: Sonoma County
- Wine Type: White Wine
- Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
- ABV: 13.9%
The wine is a six-year-old bottling at the time of this review and is showing a bit of age. What I assume was originally a bright, golden yellow/green color has faded to a bit of a duller straw color.
The wine has particularly heavy legs for a Sauvignon Blanc, forming and falling at an unexpectedly quick rate.
The aromatics are a bit muted but pleasant nonetheless. Notes of honeydew, grapefruit, and peaches fill the nose readily.
There is a bit of an herbaceousness here as well, with notes of green bell pepper coming through on the back end of the nose.
There is a bit of rosemary and fennel, which stands out in particular in this bottle.
The flavor of the wine is incredibly soft at this point. Underripe apples, raw melons, and a bit of citrus fruit come through on the palate. The wine is definitely at the point where I would consider it to be peaked.
The body is incredibly light, almost watery, despite the impressive alcohol by volume for this style of wine. Bits of tarragon, wet concrete, and chalk help give this bottle a bit of depth.
What Does Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc Pair With?
Goat cheese, yogurt, and sautéed vegetables are what immediately springs to mind with this bottle. The wine is very soft, so I would avoid most meat-based dishes. Instead, go for fish!
Tilapia, perch, sea bass, and other flaky white fish will mesh nicely with the light citrus fruit and herbaceous flavors of this wine.
What Wines Are Similar to Adobe Road Sauvignon Blanc?
If this bottle is your speed, I strongly recommend trying a few other eclectic varietals which are soft and incredibly drinkable.Traminer, Albariño, Verdicchio, and Trebbiano (also known as Ugni Blanc in France) are particularly quaffable options for people who like their wines on the mild side.
If you want to try some other Californian Sauvignon Blancs, I have to throw out Honig Sauvignon Blanc, Amici Sauvignon Blanc, and Angeline Sauvignon Blanc as some primo options.
If you want to see some of the best of what California Sauvignon Blanc offers, I recommend springing for Eisele Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc while you are at it.
This is a solid, easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing wine. I would go for younger bottles, which will likely have a lot more fruit character and robustness. But if you get your hands on an older bottle as I did, it is still exceptionally pleasant and enjoyable.