92pts Wilfred Wong
There is always something special when I can talk about a family dream and how it has translated into one of the beautiful and heartwarming stories in the wine world. I was there when the Honig family produced their first wines in the 1980s. In a tribute to the legacy of patriarch Louis Honig, "the family produced a few hundred cases of Louis Honig Sauvignon Blanc in the vineyard's old tractor bar" (source: Honig website). Over the years, I have spent quality time with the family—Michael Honig, Stephanie Honig, Regina Weinstein, and Stephen Honig, as well as Winemaker Kristen Belair. The Honig story is a feelgood story of lovely family vibes and to friendships of those of us in the business. The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is an outstanding effort. This wine is true-to-type. Its stylish aromas and flavors of ripe melon, dried herbs, and tart apples solidify its place among the state's top efforts of this grape variety. Pair it with a dozen or two raw oysters and a conversation. (Tasted: February 25, 2020, San Francisco, CA)
The 2019 Honig Sauvignon Blanc is bright, and fresh. The flavors and aromas are reminiscent of peaches, lemon curd, white grapefruit, and passion fruit with perfectly balanced notes of citrus and stone fruit. The fullness of the midpalate is complemented by a crisp, lengthy finish.