Seven of Hearts Wine 2013 Chateau Figareaux Sauvignon Blanc

For the love of France, here in Oregon

Whether it’s latitude, climate, or topography, it’s clear that Oregon’s wine country has much in common with some of the great wine regions of France. But it’s rare to find a winemaker as committed as Byron Dooley to making wine in the French style.

Byron’s approach is to use French varietals and classic French winemaking techniques. He sources his grapes from more than a dozen vineyards in the Willamette and Columbia Valleys, going so far as to select specific rows of grape vines that have particular characteristics that he’s looking for.

He may be sourcing the grapes from numerous vineyards, but Byron is certainly not hands-off. He directs the cultivation and harvesting methods to match his vision for the French style wines he intends to make. And then, once he’s got his hands on the grapes, his approach is minimalist and traditionally French.

Byron’s Bordeaux varietals (Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc) and Tannat appear in his Chateau Figareaux line, while his Rhône varietals (Viognier, Rousanne, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre) appear in the Seven of Hearts Chatte d’Avignon line.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Seven of Hearts Wine, Carlton, Oregon
2013 Chateau Figareaux Sauvignon Blanc

The Sauvignon Blanc from Seven of Hearts is sourced from 35-year old vines and you can taste it!

The depth and character of this lovely, light and refreshing wine is noticeable. Sauvignon Blanc can often remind you of standing outside while you’re mowing the grass on a hot summer day – a little overpowering at times.

But Byron’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc only has light hints of that grassy, herbal quality paired nicely with pear and melon flavors.

Half of it is fermented in stainless steel and half is fermented in neutral French Oak barrels which gives it a nice round mouthfeel without imparting any oaky characteristics. If you’re serving seafood to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, this will be the perfect pairing!

A Cellar 503 selection in February 2015, For The Love Of Wine Columbia Valley | Sauvignon Blanc

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