Showing posts with label Sauvignon Blanc. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sauvignon Blanc. Show all posts


If you've read any of my posts in the past you know that I've written positively about wines that pass on the over use of oak and other California techniques. The 2006 NO Sauvignon Blanc, that I picked up for $6.99, is one of those Healdsburg, California wines that passed on the Oak aging and malolactic fermentation. Lots of crisp notes of vanilla, melon, lemon-lime and grass. Just a very nice, fresh, tasty wine. And a great price. I gave this one 3 Corkscrews based on a decent price and overall enjoyable bottle of wine. Almost 4 Corkscrews but didn't have that little extra umph that I need to see in a wine to give it the higher rating. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Another great value find from Wegmans which has become my favorite store for life! I picked this one up for $6.99 and was blown away by the flavors. A beautiful light, yellow-green color in the bottle I poured this once and let it settle for 10 minutes or so. On the nose a little floral notes but mostly tropical fruit. On the nose I noted flavors of peach and tropical fruits like kiwi and melon. Nice light finish made me want more of this one and I had a chance to enjoy this one for a couple of days. I noted that it is imported by Dionysos Imports out of Lorton, Virginia so don't know how readily available it is in the rest of the country. I picked this one up in Gainesville, Virginia but I still recommend trying to find a bottle of this. I gave it 4 Corkscrews based on the great price and easy drinkability. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Carta Vieja!


Direct from Chile, via the local Total Wine store, comes today's reviewed wine. Being new to an area where there actually is a huge selection of wines, I was psyched to be able to visit the Total Wine store. I got a variety of well-priced wines and the 2008 Anakena was one. Not a lot on the nose to report but this wine displayed lots of peach on the palate with a little bit of those clean, grassy tones that I seem to like more and more. Nice, lasting finish. I had Thai food with this and it was a perfect accompaniment. I picked this one up for $7.99/bottle and easily gave it 4 Corkscrews based on its excellent price and due to the fact that it is very, very drinkable, with or without food. Can't recommend this one enough. Not 5 Corkscrew territory but darn near close! Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Anakena!


"That wine you got is great!", were the exact words #1 greeted me with tonight as I walked into the house from a hard days work. Or at least a days work! With that kind of endorsement behind it I couldn't wait to try it myself. From the San Antonio Winery located where? You guessed it, Los Angeles, California. Don't let the name of the winery, or its location in Los Angeles, California, dissuade you from trying their wines. If the rest of their offerings are as good as this one, I can't wait to get my hands on more. This 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, from their Maddalena Vineyards, is made of grapes sourced from the Steinbeck Vineyard in Paso Robles. On the nose we got loads of clean, fresh citrus and a touch of "grassiness" as the vineyard puts it. I think that's a good way to sum up the clean, refreshing nose on this wine. On the palate more of the "non-sour" citrus as I like to refer to it. No grapefruit here, just lots of melon, green apple, maybe some kiwi? A nice, semi-dry finish, made me long for much, much more of this wine. In fact, every since we tried this #1 has been after me to get some more. Probably one of the easiest 5 Corkscrews I've ever awarded! And since it was so good, I decided to do a little more research to find out how the winemakers were able to do it. Stainless steel fermentation at 55 degrees for several weeks followed with 10% of the batch transferred to neutral oak barrels in which the lees are stirred for several months to add to the flavor and body. Maybe that's the key but whatever it is, this is a really, really good Sauvignon Blanc. And at a retail price of $11.95, how can you go wrong? Hurry out and buy a case or two of this before San Antonio Winery figures out they've priced it too low. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Maddalena Sauvignon Blanc!


Thursday, 5/24, Little Rock, AR
After a lightly attended little league baseball practice, (maybe I bragged too much about our last outing), exactly four of my players showed up including my own, I came home, took a nice hot shower standing under the rain head for a good twenty minutes, and then uncorked today's wine. The 2006 Don Raphael Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from the Aconcagua Valley of Chile was very transparent with no real color to speak of. On the nose lots of floral aromas with honeysuckle and maybe even a little lemongrass noted. On the tongue a little early acidity gave way to lemon, lime and melon flavors that combined very nicely together. Nice finish with the lemon notes lingering well after swallowing. I don't want anyone to think I'm getting easy, what with two wines in a row rating 4 Corkscrews, but this one earned it. I paid $8.99/bottle so it was more expensive than last night's selection but is a good value at that price. As it's a 2006 vintage, it should be readily available. Try some and let me know if you agree. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Wednesday, 5/23, Little Rock, AR
After a day full of meetings and some equipment testing at work, I made my way home and pretended like the grass really doesn't need to be cut. Man it does grow fast here in the razorback state! I picked up today's reviewed wine with some trepidation as it was 1) cheap and 2) a Georges Duboeuf selection out of France. Now in the past I haven't particularly liked this vineyard's selections but, as you probably already know, I'm always on the prowl for good, inexpensive (sounds much nicer than cheap), wine to enjoy mid-week. This was one of those close-out, $3.99/bottle specials that I'm usually willing to take a gamble on and gamble I did. Needless to say my gamble paid off. This was a 60% Chardonnay/ 40% Sauvignon Blanc mix that was deep gold in color in the glass. On the nose I was able to pick up the typical lime and citrus flavors from the sauvignon blanc and a little oak from the chardonnay. In the mouth more citrus, some apple and pear notes as well as a little bit of the oak I picked up in the nose. A very nice lush, smooth finish made for an enjoyable bottle of wine for the middle of the week. I easily gave this one 4 Corkscrews due to it's excellent taste and incredible value at the close-out price. Not sure if you'll be able to find this, but if you do, pick up a bottle and enjoy. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Sunday, 5/6, Little Rock, AR
After a couple of long days in the sun, two days worth of soccer and one day worth of baseball, I settled down and uncorked the 2005 Casmatta Italian White, which is a blend of 50%Chardonnay/40% Sauvignon Blanc/10% Trebbiano. Now for you sharp-eyed readers who have already noticed that the label says 2004, I just wanted to tell you that I did indeed have the 2005 but was unable to locate an 05 label on-line for download. I found this 04 label and the only difference is the year. Same coloring, same design. On with the review!
I poured this and was greeted by a light yellow-golden color in the stem. On the nose I picked up vanilla and fig, both very balanced. Upon tasting my mouth was filled with citrus, melon and apples. Very balanced acidity made for a nice, clean finish. As I said yesterday, this wine is new to the Little Rock market and I'm glad the newest distributor in town had enough foresight to take a chance on it. I easily gave this one 4 Corkscrews based on the taste with decent value at $11.99/bottle but not a steal by any means. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Thursday, 5/3, Little Rock, AR
I saw this blend on the shelf and was interested because I haven't come across a lot of blended whites of late. Especially not in this 50/50 mix. I was a little concerned due to the 2004 vintage but for $6.99/bottle I wasn't making a major investment. And thank goodness I didn't as this was an example of the infamous, corked bottle. When I poured this it had a color that wasn't quite yellow and not quite golden, but something in between. My first smell of this told me that something was amiss. I examined the cork and didn't see any signs of a spoiled corked like I've seen in the past when a spoiled bottle has reared its ugly head. Being the adventurer that I am, I took a taste of this and had my suspicions confirmed. Bad, spoiled wine. How to handle a bad bottle? Take it back to the retailer who should honor your request for a replacement bottle of something else or, at the very least, a refund. If they don't stand behind their wine, don't shop there anymore. I'll be taking this one back and will be weary of trying a white from this vineyard that has that much age on it. Let me know your experiences with spoiled wine and the retailers reaction. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Friday, 4/20, Little Rock, AR

After a day of handling paperwork, I headed home to get ready for my monthly card game. Wanting to take the pre-game edge off I uncorked the 06 Sebeka Sauvignon Blanc that I picked up last week. I wasn't familiar with this vineyard but have had South African wines before and remembered them positively. I poured a glass of this right out of the wine cellar which seemed to be a little colder than usual. I've since adjusted it and both my reds and whites now appear to be at the right temperature. After a few swirls of this the nose was down right medicinal with nothing in it that I could readily identify. Taking a taste I was blown away with the bitterness of this wine! It was so bitter that it tasted like spoiled grapefruit juice, which is not really the taste I am looking for in a bottle of wine. I sat the glass down and had a nice glass of water to try and cleanse the palate but my second taste was no better. I won't even go into the finish because at that point all I wanted was for it to end. Thinking that I may have a bad bottle on my hands, I left it out on our counter and waited for it to warm up a little. I've found in the past that this will help at times. After 30 minutes or so I got a fresh glass, poured a new taste and gave it a second chance. No real nose to speak of but the flavor in the mouth was at least drinkable. I finished the small taste and put the bottle back in the refrigerator so that #1 could try it and give her opinion. Her review was much more positive than mine and she actually liked it. I was going to give this one 1 Corkscrew but based on the positive feedback from #1 I raised it to 2 Corkscrews. I can't in good conscience recommend this although it was relatively inexpensive at $7.99/bottle. I just don't think the taste is there! After reviewing this wine I did a little further research and learned that Gallo is behind this wine and if you check out other sites the reviews were somewhat glowing. Could it be that the massive marketing push has anything to do with that? I don't know but I would be surprised to see this wine around a year from now. At least this varietal. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Wed., 4/18, Little Rock, AR & Washington, D.C.
First of all let me say right off the bat, I HATE AMERICAN AIRLINES! If they were the only airline left I would just have to drive everywhere. Unfortunately I had a last minute meeting in D.C. on Thursday morning that required my attendance and the big AA was all I could get with such short notice. If you recall I flew American to California last week and didn't get home until after 2:00 a.m.. which was supposed to be 4:55 p.m. Some weather related and some AA incompetence related. Today was no exception. My flight out of the Rock left almost on time, we were about 20 minutes late leaving which is pretty good for AA, but my flight from DFW to Reagan National was over an hour late leaving. I'm not sure AA ever leaves on time. Does anybody know? After all day getting from Arkansas to D.C. I ended up at the Springfield, Virginia Hilton. Not as close to D.C. as I would have liked but everything, and I do mean everything, in Washington was booked solid so I was just happy to have a place to lay my head. After getting settled I headed down to the Houlihan's in the lobby of the hotel and ordered a glass of the 05 Montevina Sauvignon Blanc at $5.75/glass. On the nose lots of lemon, in fact too much lemon, and a slight hint of melon. In the mouth the lemon continued accompanied by a taste of grapefruit, although not too much. Nice, clean finish as well. I had an order of calamari with this and the two went well with each other. I would recommend having this with food as I didn't enjoy it by itself as much as I did with food. I gave this one 3 Corkscrews for good taste and reasonable value for a hotel restaurant/bar. I still hate American Airlines and after tomorrow's post you'll understand why. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Mon. & Tues., 4/2-3, Little Rock, AR

Getting back into the routine of life after a week of Spring Break relaxation. We all seemed to be dragging a little on Monday and my little girl had a soccer game on Tuesday where both teams seemed to have the Spring Break drags as well. We uncorked the 2005 Chateau Potelle on Monday night and didn't get around to finishing it until Tuesday. Upon opening and pouring, the nose revealed evidence of honeydew and grapefruit but both were very subtle and weren't all that impressive. In the mouth flavors of citrus and fruit were noted but for me the acidity seemed a little much. In fact I wasn't impressed with this wine at all. #1, on the other hand, really liked it. She had tasted it before and liked it equally then. Maybe it's a woman thing and who am I to argue with #1. I begrudgingly gave this one 3 corkscrews as I paid $9.99/bottle and at that price it needed to wow me a little more than it did. That being said I can tell you that #1 would easily buy this again and at that price or maybe even a little higher. Try it and let me know if I missed this one entirely or is this just a girly wine? Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!


Sunday, 3/25, Dallas, Texas
Sunday brought a day started with the free breakfast at our hotel and lots of stretching as I tried to overcome my aching back from sleeping on a worn-out bed! Last spring took us to Disney World, Sea World, Universal Park so of course this year the kids wanted to hit at least one amusement park. Six Flags Over Texas was where we headed today and let me say this, avoid this place at all costs if you ever find yourself in Dallas. Talk about an overpriced carnival! After a delight tour of SMU, where #1 went to school, we got there with less than half the day left and still had to pay full price with no break for our 6 or 8 year old. About $50.00 a ticket which brought several roller coasters and lots of booths where you could spend even more money. They even have the audacity to charge $8.00 extra for kids to ride on a small go-kart track. Trash and gum was plastered everywhere and doesn't seem to have been removed for years. Some of the gum on the rides looked like it was petrified! The one funny thing that came out of the whole day was when #1 asked my little boy where his sense of adventure was, he's not big on fast rides unlike his sister, which he responded promptly with, "I left it at the hotel". If you don't get anything else out of this post just remember to avoid Six Flags. When we got back to our room I popped the cork on another Sauvignon Blanc, the 2005 Meridian, and have to say it was very similar to the one the night before. A little more grapefruit on the nose but the citrus, melon and a little vanilla showed up on the tongue. I gave this one 3 corkscrews as well as I paid about $7.99/bottle and at that price I couldn't give it more than 3. The trip continues. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!