California Semillon, any vintners?
After drinking a great white bordeaux, I bought a Sauvignon Blanc and added a few drops of of a Sauternes to the glass to approximate the flavour. It was a pretty good experiment. However I am looking for a California version.
I know I am not going to get the equal of a Grand Cru, I am just looking for a California or US source for either a Semillon desert wine or SV blanc blend.
Robert, I don't understand why you would add "a few drops of a Sauternes" to a Sauvignon Blanc? Some white Bordeaux are100% Sauvignon Blanc; some are 100% Sémillon, and can be anywhere in between Adding some Sauternes adds sweetness, but not necessarily Sémillon alone -- Sauternes, too, is generally a blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle . . . not to mention the Botrytis.
As for California, the two best producers of Sémillon are Kalin and Ahlgren. Both of these are dry AND outstanding. From Washington State, look for L'Ecole No.41 and Chinook.
In terms of white wines in the style of a dry white Bordeaux from the US, there are a handful to seek out. One of my favorites is the DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc from Washington State; also look to the Clos du Val Ariadne, St.-Supéry Virtu (St.-Supéry also makes a varietal Sémillon, BTW).