Clean and inexpensive, but missing that sharp citrus

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Brand NameLucky 7
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Wine NameSauvignon Blanc
Vintage (Year)2009
AVAMaule Valley
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeSauvignon Blanc
Wine GroupsLow cost party staples
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating7 (on a scale of 1-10)

There are many styles of winemaking; two different wines, for example, can be made with the same grape, Chablis and Chardonnay being a prime example of this. Then there are styles of making a wine out of certain grape which differ either by appellation within a country, or by country. Being an African American, I tend to like the brighter styles of some white wines which are mainly evident in South American and Australia & New Zealand. However, sometimes some folks stick to the traditional French methods of doing something.

That is the case in the Sauv Blanc, which lacks the sharp citrus aspects normally found in New World Sauvignon Blancs. The bouquet is wonderfully florid, the taste very clean, but it is definitely missing that over-the-top citrus experience that has come to define Sauvignon Blanc to me.

Now, this is not to say that this a bad wine; it falls closer to a pH of 7 [metaphorically] and in that, is more palatable for those that hate the high citrus appeal. The taste is more rounded, with a slight buildup of acidity in the end, which drops off rather quickly.

As the label says, this is a young wine, especially since the vintage is being the same year of consumption. I am wondering what this wine will yield a year from now in regards to flavor. However, it is affable, and for the price, can easily be a staple for many, as well as many restaurants and bars.


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