Okay, so my timing for this post is a little weird, given that I was just talking about Twitter Tasting Fatigue in the wake of the #SauvBlanc event. I really did have a fun time at the event, and met some really interesting people around the world, from locations ranging from here in the US to Germany to New Zealand. It was really interesting to see so many people tweeting about a single varietal, and to realize that all of these people had been brought together online by a unique grassroots effort.
I selected two different wines for the event. The first was an American wine from LangeTwins Winery from Lodi California, and the second was a New Zealand wine from Villa Maria from Marlborough. I started the tasting with the LangeTwins Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2008 LangeTwins Sauvignon Blanc runs $13, and about $10 for club members. The alcohol comes in at 13.1%. This wine was provided as a sample by the good folks at LangeTwins
The nose on this wine gives aromas of peach, a little coconut and tropical fruits, and some lemon and grapefruit. On the palate, I get some sharp acidity, and a touch of alcohol coming through. There are some hints of minerality and a bit of a green herbal flavor. The finish is long lasting.
Overall, I found this to be a decent Sauvignon Blanc, but I found the palate to be a bit too sharp, and slightly hot. This does seem to be a well made wine, and it does seem to improve with a little air. I really think that this is a wine that needs a little food to cut through the acidity. At $13, I certainly wouldn't have a problem purchasing this wine, and I think that it would be a great wine to pick up for a dinner party.
Final Grade (1-5)
The 2009 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc cost me $15 at a local liquor store. This wine comes in right at 13% alcohol.
The nose on the Villa Maria is an intriguing mix of staw, hints of bell pepper, and I was even getting some asparagus, just a slight bit of the cat pee aroma that you can sometimes find in Sauv Blanc. On the palate, I find this to be an extremely balanced wine, with nice acidity. I get some grapefruit, as well as some tropical flavors, and something that I can't really identify. The tasting notes mention gooseberry, which I have never had before, so maybe that's what I'm picking up.
The defining characteristic of this wine for me is the balance that it shows. I really enjoyed this wine, and found it to be a complex Sauvignon Blanc. I am a big fan of New Zealand Sauv Blans, and this is certainly a new one that I will be adding to my repertoire. I will definitely buy this wine again, and I find it to be a great value at $15.
Final Grade (1-5)