Enjoying the weekend with a beautiful 2011 Sauvignon Blanc by @andersonsconnvalley Beautiful crisp citrus notes and is drinking wonderfully well. This helps think of the warmer summer days while we wait out winter.
Intense gooseberry, sour grass, grapefruit peel. Underripe green pear, new garden hose, pure lemon juice. Tart candy and citrus blossom, granny smith apple and fresh squeezed lemonade. Extremely pungent and sharp aromatics of fruit-laden feline urine are followed by subtle tingly minerality on the palate. Oozing enamel melting tongue burning acidity on par with biting into a giant lemon wedge. This 2018 Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc by Sherwood Estate Wines is super young and super mighty New Zealand Sauv Blanc.
Sauvignon Blanc comes in many different shapes and sizes. From the big oaky Fumé Blancs of Napa to the intensely mineral mouthful of rocks in Sancerre this varietal can meld into seemingly endless forms. This bottling, crafted by Sherwood Estate Wines using Sauv Blanc grapes from the Waipara Valley sub-region of New Zealand, is one of the most intensely fruit driven acid packed bottlings we have experienced. At less than a year old this wine has had no time to develop or resolve. It is completely forward and primary providing the sensation of stuffing your mouth full of sour green grapes and chomping down with a single powerful bite. Intense is an understatement here and this stuff would catch you completely off guard if you were not expecting it. With that said this wine is FUN. If you are into high intensity full throttle acid then grab a bottle of this and drink it immediately. While a few more years of age will certainly help to tame this beast we had a blast diving into this one head first.
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New Bottle Note on www.zinfandelchronicles.com - 2012 J. Rochioli Sauvignon Blanc Old Vines.
From the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines in California. Light gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Piercing nose of green apples, grass, lemon oil and stone fruits. Medium body with racy acidity. Lush and just a little creamy. Pears, Meyer lemons and spice on the palate. The finish just lingers in the back of the mouth. One of the very best Sauvignon Blancs being made in California. Best over the next year or so.
My rating: 92 points.
Full review on the blog.
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Red plum, Asian spice, strawberry jam. Ripe blueberry, cherry blossom, smushed raspberry. Sweet mint and tree bark, beet juice and begonias. Globs of thick jammy red fruit battles for attention atop tree bark and subtle spices. Medium in body with low tannin & acidity. This 2017 Secret Garden Red Blend by Sanmac Winery is a solid effort from South Korea.
East Asia is not known for its wine production, but there is more than just sake, beer, and whiskey emerging from this corner of the world. Wine consumption has been increasing rapidly in popularity in many parts of Asia and it was only a matter of time until production followed. This bottling, crafted by the boutique Sanmac Winery in South Korea, is composed of a unique blend of Cambell Early and native Korean grapes. High heat, humidity, and torrential rainstorms make it tough to grow traditional noble grape varieties here, but certain carefully selected hybrid grapes have been identified that can succeed in these conditions. Cambell Early actually originated in the state of Arkansas but spread to Asia largely thanks to its ability to withstand the hot sticky summers. While the Korean wine industry is still extremely young it is awesome to see that they are already putting out drinkable wine despite less than ideal growing conditions. The humidity of the region certainly showed up in this bottle, as notes of stewed berries dominated the flavor profile, but overall tasting this was a unique and enjoyable experience.
What is the most unique country you've tried wine from?