2009 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Starborough
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: New Zealand
Year: 2009
Producer: Starborough Vineyards
Price: $12.99

Better chilled than room temp, this Sauvignon Blanc has a potent aroma of cat piss — er, cat urine, pardon my French — that intensifies as the wine warms. That’s an aroma I associate more with Gewurtztraminer and I find it kind of distasteful in an SB which is kind of strange I guess. It’s mixed with an equally strong grapefruit scent which is more characteristic of the varietal. The flavor is crisp and acidic with citrus and grassy notes. I like SB, especially in the summer, but this one strikes me as overpriced due to the compromised nose and simple flavor.

Wine 4 All Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Wine 4 All Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Argentina
Year: 2006
Producer: FDL 79232 Prahecq – France
Price: $6.00

A relatively cheap Sauvignon Blanc, this one is straw-colored and has a grassy aroma. The flavor is dry and fairly thin with distinct herbal notes. I expected more honestly. It’s cheap Sauvignon Blanc but not super cheap so I expected a bit of depth and there’s none to be had here.

Hess Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Hess Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2006
Producer: Hess Collection Winery
Price: $12.99

Nice color and grassy aroma. Clean and crisp flavor with melon and herbal notes. It’s more or less what an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc should taste like. Recommended.

Kiwi Elements Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Kiwi Elements Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: New Zealand
Year: 2004
Producer: World Wines Ltd.
Price: $8.33

As you’ll see from the label, this wine is named after the Kiwi bird, not the fruit. It has a very light yellow color and floral scents with hints of darker fruit like raisins. The flavor is fairly dry, mildly acidic and it has some tart, unripe lemon notes. I definitely don’t love it the way I love some Sauvignon Blancs, it tastes kind of cheap. It’s just ok.

Avia Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Avia Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Slovenia
Year: 2005
Producer: Vinska Klet Goriska BRDA
Price: $3.99

Slovenian wine, don’t see that every day. I only have a general idea of where Slovenia is in the world. It has a pineapple aroma and a crisp, even flavor with just a few off notes. I’m a fan of Sauvignon Blanc anyway but this one is darn near delightful given its rock-bottom price tag.

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Year: 2006
Origin: New Zealand
Producer: Vineyard Brands, Inc.
Price: $12.99

The bottle, which has a nice screwcap, describes the wine as having “tropical and gooseberry aromas.” I don’t detect anything that I can pinpoint as tropical but it does have a familiar aroma that I’ve smelled quite a bit in other wines but couldn’t put my finger on what it is. If it’s gooseberry, that would explain a lot. The flavor is a bit sweet but mostly zesty. It’s a lively white wine that would be good with light, summertime meals.

Smoking Loon Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Smoking Loon Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Don Sebastiani & Sons
Price: $7.99

More in the Smoking Loon series, which has been a competent but unexceptional bunch. This one is a very basic Sauvignon Blanc. No particular spark of character, but likable enough for its lack of any particular offense. I’m naturally partial to Sauvignon Blanc so an average one is better than a lot of other wines to me. It has a scent of freshly cut grass and a slightly tangy flavor leading to a short finish. Good enough.

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Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: South Africa
Year: Non-vintage
Producer: Angels Tears
Price: $8.00

It says “dry” right on the label, but it smells very sweet. It’s not. It’s dry and spicy to the point that I make a face when I take a drink. I generally like Sauvignon Blanc, it’s maybe my favorite white wine next to Riesling. But this one is not good. Avoid.

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Astica Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Astica Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Argentina
Year: 2005
Producer: Bodegas Trapiche Est.
Price: $6.00

Pungent smell of cat piss and a flavor of unripe grapefruit. This is truly awful wine, among the very worst wines of my life and certainly the worst Sauvignon Blanc I’ve ever tasted. My father-in-law offered to finish off the bottle because he has sinus problems that dull his senses of smell and taste to a large degree so he doesn’t usually mind wine that I dislike. He poured himself a large glass and after 10 minutes or so he started to detect the smell as the wine warmed and he poured the rest of the wine out. This is an exceptionally repulsive bottle, to be avoided at all costs.

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Silverado Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Silverado Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2004
Producer: Silverado Vineyards
Price: $15.00

The aroma is sweet, herbal and quite mild. The flavor is actually fairly dry and has notes of pear and a very serious zing of tanginess toward the end that lingers into the medium finish. It’s pretty decent SB but for the price I kind of expected more complexity. A good but not great value.

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