2005 NOVELLA SAUVIGNON BLANC





Friday, 2/9, Little Rock, AR

TGIF! I stopped by on the way home and picked up a couple bottles of Sauvignon Blanc that I haven't had a chance to try. That's the great thing about wine. There are so many different wineries, varietals, countries that you can constantly explore and try different wines every day! After I got home I chilled the Novella for about 30 minutes and then uncorked and poured into my long-stemmed glass. A little tip that we do is keep one rack in our wine cellar stocked with white wine glassware that stays chilled and keeps your whites at just the right temperature when you pour your first glass. We had takeout from The Villa, a great little dish they call Fettuccine Villa that consists of spinach pasta with a white cream sauce, artichokes and shrimp that we drank this Sauvignon Blanc with. Although it looked light in the bottle like you would expect of a Sauvignon it tasted much more like a Chardonnay. In fact #1 asked if it was a Chardonnay from California because she was tasting a lot of oak. Needless to say she was surprised and didn't like it all that much. Both of us could taste flavors of pineapple, cantaloupe and lime which went well with the pasta dish. The main complaint is that this wine is much heavier tasting than what we like in a Sauvignon Blanc. This winery is out of Paso Robles and though I'm not all that familiar with them I will try more of their wines. I got this one at $10.99 which is about the most I want to pay for a non-special event wine. I say that because I know this wine would probably cost me $7-8 in Chicago and the mark-up here blows me away. I give this one 3 corkscrews due to its taste and value but don't pay any more than the $10.99 I paid. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often!

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