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La Randonnée Wines 2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Taking the road less traveled

In Oregon, we call it a hike. In Australia, a walkabout. In France, la randonnée.

The story of La Randonnée Wines is the story of Kevin Green’s journey to perfect his own style of natural, sustainable winemaking. (The name is also a bit of an homage to the Irish “hill walking club” where Kevin met his wife, Clodagh.)

Kevin grew up on a farm in Iowa and inherited his love of the land from his parents. Before striking out on his own, Kevin spent a decade in the Oregon wine industry, as well as years studying with winemakers in Burgundy and New Zealand. In 2014, he and Clodagh launched La Randonnée in order to pursue his own winemaking style, balancing his technical skills and his creative vision. He is also currently the winemaker at Apolloni Vineyards, a favorite of Cellar 503 members.

His commitment to natural winemaking and environmental preservation means that La Randonnée only sources fruit from sustainably-farmed vineyards and whose practices are LIVE certified – the highest certification in the world for sustainable viticulture.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

La Randonnée Wines, Hillsboro, Oregon
2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc has such an amazing range of flavors. From the over-the-top vegetal New Zealand style that can sometimes taste like freshly mowed grass to the sophisticated and austere styles of French Sancerre, and even lush and tropical flavors in warmer climates.

This Sauvignon Blanc from La Randonnée is more in line with the French style than the New Zealand style. But with Kevin Green, who has worked in both countries, you know that’s a very deliberate choice.

You’ll immediately notice the pale color in this bottle. But don’t let that deter you. This is a very aromatic wine. The grapes come from one of the highest quality vineyards in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA and the wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel.

You’ll get some of that traditional herbal quality but it is nicely balanced out with acidity and a lovely texture. This is going to be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table – its acidity will cut through the richness of the creamy, fatty foods on the table and enhance the green veggies on your plate. Just 90 cases produced.

A Cellar 503 selection in November 2020, Thanksgiving Wines Yamhill-Carlton | Sauvignon Blanc