Medium straw color; lemon, grapefruit, mowed grass; pear, gooseberry, honeydew melon, lemon, grapefruit, peach on the palate.
Dry; tangy with fresh acidity (3.38 pH). Straightforward, very simple; pleasing creaminess. Medium body. Commodity sauv blanc with no disturbing flaws, but no madly compelling elements beyond its excellent price. Works as an every day, don’t over-think this white wine pour that will go with wide range of lighter meat fare and salads and milder cheese.
The winery name comes from the 39th parallel, which runs through the California wine country. Line 39 uses grapes from throughout California for its large portfolio of wines. With the “California” designation, the grapes for this effort could come from anywhere in the state, but the website indicates Lake Country and Clarksburg. In any event, Line 39 is a Certified California Sustainable vineyard & winery. Steven Decosta is the winemaker.
Line 39 is a brand rather than a specific estate. There appears to be no winery or vineyards for the general public to visit—or to photograph. The Mark Wine Group represents Line 39. From the Mark Wine Group website: “Founded in 2007, and based in Austin, Texas, The Mark Wine Group is a family-owned, fine wine sales & marketing agency; representing family-owned and independent wineries and importers, with a clear and simple vision; to provide the premier selection of quality wines to your favorite hotel and restaurant companies throughout the United States.”
Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc, California 2018 is a négociant producer of value wines. This effort emphasizes lemon-lime and grapefruit; fresh with some pleasing creaminess. Uncomplicated, inoffensive. Good QPR (quality-price ratio). Pair with lighter fish and shellfish; garden salads; goat cheese. $10-12