Tangent 2007 Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Posted on November 23, 2009

Jack and Catherine Niven moved to Edna Valley in the 1970's, pioneering grape plantings in a then unknown region with the founding of Paragon Vineyards. Partnering with the Chalone Wine Group, they founded Edna Valley Vineyards winery in 1980. While Jack focused on Paragon Vinyards, Catherine turned her attention to her front yard. She tended her own 3.5-acre Pinot Noir vineyard here, which was planted in more traditional French style ("California Sprawl" was the popular trellis system in California in early years). Eventually, she used this fruit to produce a few hundred cases for her new label, Baileyana. 

Once Baileyana was passed on to the next generation of Nivens, the brand began to grow quickly. Chardonnay and Syrah were added to their offerings. They built their new winery in 1998, relying on help from knowledgeable French winemaker Christian Roguenant, who had settled on California's Central Coast after years of winemaking around the world.Today, third-generation family members continue to work with Christian to keep the Niven Family Wine Estates moving forward. In the past few years, they have introduced three new labels: Tangent, Trenza, and Cadre. Tangent Winery is dedicated to producing alternative white varietals, leaving the Chardonnay to their Baileyana label and instead producing wines from grapes such as Albarino and Pinot Blanc.


Winery - Tangent Winery

Location - Edna Valley, California

Wine - Tangent 2007 Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Grape Varieties - Sauvignon Blanc

Appellation - Edna Valley

Alcohol - 13.5% v/v

Price -$13 USD

Nose/Aroma - Grapefruit and grass.

Palate/Flavors - Nice crisp acid combined with a minerailty that carries through to the finish. Tropical and citrus fruit, maybe mango and lime, with a soft grass character. 

Style - Definitely a cool climate Sauvignon Blanc, but not on the same level as those coming from New Zealand.

Food Pairing - Great food wine, easy to pair. Grilled calamari steak with lemon-garlic sauce over pasta.

Comments - Good balance of vegetal and fruit characteristics. I don't like over-ripened Sauvignon Blancs, which seem to be a dime a dozen in California these days, or under-ripened ones, which are usually associated with New Zealand (particularly Marlborough). Great wine, good value.