Wine Advocate 88 points - The most serious wine of this trio is the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, an 8,400-case cuvee that has been the flagship wine of Mason Cellars since their debut vintage. Hints of roasted herbs, wet rocks, ripe melons and figs suggest a style not dissimilar from a Pouilly Fume from France’s Loire Valley. It is medium-bodied, cuts a broader, bigger swath across the palate than its siblings, and is fresh, lively and delicious. (Aug 2013)
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Our Mason Sauvignon Blanc is from a single vineyard called Blockhouse in Yountville, a growing region well suited for producing elegant Sauvignon Blanc because of its cool evening maritime influence and warm days. Located in the heart of the valley floor, we’ve hand selected fruit from this block for over 20 years- leafing the morning side for mottled light, leaving the afternoon side shaded to protect from burn.
100% Sauvignon Blanc, Mason Sauvignon Blanc has long been heralded for its varietal trueness and exemplary balance. After its lengthy, cold fermentation in 100% stainless steel tanks, a portion of the blend is barreled down into stainless steel barrels and scattered with the fermentation lees. These barrels undergo batonnage, stirring the lees three times weekly for over 2 months until it is blended back with the main lot.
Mason Cellars was founded in Oakville, California in 1993 by Randy and Megan Mason. Family-owned and operated to this day, it is their vision to produce the highest quality wine possible, that is consumer friendly, and available to their customers at a fair market price. Their goal is to create wines that can be readily enjoyed and shared by family and friends. With over 35 years of winemaking in the Napa Valley, Randy is the master behind the wine.
Randy Mason has long been recognized by the wine industry as being one of the best Sauvignon Blanc producers in the country. A pioneer in California Sauvignon Blanc, the Mason Sauvignon Blanc set the standard for domestic producers to strive for, with their inaugural release (1996) receiving an unprecedented 91 points from Wine Spectator.
Building on the success and groundwork laid by the Mason Sauvignon Blanc, Randy and Megan started to develop a Sauvignon Blanc house with the launch of Pomelo in 2004. A fun and playful spin on California Sauvignon Blanc; Pomelo is a wild success among consumers and press alike. To balance out their Sauvignon Blanc collection, the inaugural 2005 Mason Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is rich, with an expressive style produced from a 35 year old pristine vineyard sitting on a volcanic cinder cone in Sonoma Valley. And finally, after listening to his customers and distributors, Mason decided to produce their first ever Pinot Grigio, called Three Pears; crafted in a light, spirited fashion. It has been extremely well received by the Mason aficionados and a pleasant addition to the Mason family.
With the increase in production and expansion into new and exciting brands (Pomelo and Three Pears), the Mason’s longed to showcase their wines in a casual atmosphere all their own. In the winter of 2006, they opened the Mason Cellars Oxbow Tasting Room in downtown Napa with complimentary tastings of their entire collection of red and white wines, all made by Randy Mason, set in a cozy country atmosphere featuring local artists’ paintings and other wine country mercantile goods.