Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a missed opportunity in Oregon. The grape does well in our Mediterranean climate – with some examples similar to the wines of Sancerre. However, Pinot Gris took hold early on as the “signature” grape of Oregon, and then later, Chardonnay was chosen as the “in” grape because craft producers were emulating White Burgundy. So Sauvignon Blanc never had its day. There are, however, a handful of producers making some very lovely expressions of a cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc in the Willamette Valley.
Chief among them is J. Christopher – who crafts two different bottlings each vintage. This one is the Willamette Valley blend, which is a little leaner, and more mineral-driven.
Do not expect a heavily “grassy” Sauvignon Blanc like the ones from New Zealand. This is much more floral, fruity, and citrusy.