Sterling Vintners Collection Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Sterling Vintners Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Sterling Vintners
Price: $7.99

I was looking for a simple, white wine to pair with Indian food and this was a bottle left over from that endeavor. Indian is a hard food to pair with wine, I’ll tell you that. This wine has some denser fruit aromas that I don’t expect from Sauvignon Blanc along with a noticeable jolt of ammonia. The flavor is simple, I chose wisely in that solitary regard. Starts soft and produces citrus and peach flavors as it moves over the palate. There’s a bit of acidity on the short finish and a chemical flavor that runs through the whole experience. Not a great Sauvignon Blanc.

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Redwood Creek Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Redwood Creek Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Frei Bros. Vineyards
Price: $7.00

So I looked on the site the other day and realized that my red wine reviews FAR outnumber my white wine reviews. And though I do favor red wine generally, I do love certain white wines. So in an effort to make it a little more even I went out and bought a case of various white wines the other day. The first of these is a Sauvignon Blanc from California. It smells like a Sauvignon Blanc ought to, clean and refreshing with some citrus notes. The flavor is mild with an acidic kick at the end. I detect I bit of melon and it’s definitely a little tart. Not a bad wine at this price point.

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Turning Leaf Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Turning Leaf Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Turning Leaf Vineyards
Price: $6.00

Has a light straw color and an aroma that is a little odd. It’s a heavier aroma of apricots. I expect cleaner, crisper aromas from Sauvignon Blanc, but it isn’t a bad smell. The taste reflects that, it starts with a flavor that is sweet but then gets a very tangy bite as it rolls over your tongue. That bite turns into the short finish and leaves a soapy aftertaste. This wine doesn’t show many varietal characteristics and the characteristics it does show aren’t that appealing. If this is the “reserve” I’d hate to taste the regular stuff.

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Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Sutter Home Sauvignon Blanc
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2005
Producer: Sutter Home Winery
Price: $4.99

This is the last of the cheap, mass produced white wines that I have in my wine fridge and it’s the last I’ll buy for a while. I need to forget the cheap whites before I try this again. I like all sorts of wine but these have tested my patience. This is a Sauvignon Blanc from the Sutter Home Family Vineyards label and it is a very pale yellow, almost clear in some lighting conditions. Despite being colder (Sauvignon Blancs need to be served at a lower temperature than Chardonnays, IMHO), it has a punchier nose than the Chardonnay I recently sampled from the same producer. The aroma is like a fleshy apricot. The flavor is weird. It starts out as pretty much nothing, then matures on the palate with citrus notes and a tangy acidity. It’s fairly dry and the finish is short. I get only a hint of the mass production chemical flavor, which could be due to the lower temperature, I’ll find out as it heats to room temperature. For $4.99, it isn’t bad, but just don’t take it to be representative of the grape.

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Cooper’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc

Name: Cooper’s Creek
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: New Zealand
Year: 2005
Producer: Cooper’s Creek Vineyard
Price: $13.99

The aroma is so much like cat piss that I hesitated for a second to even taste it. It’s fortunate that I did though, because it’s one of the better Sauvignon Blancs I’ve had. It’s very crisp and clean with citrus flavors and a quick finish. Overall, it’s very refreshing. I think I selected this by mistake because I rarely pay this much for a Sauvignon Blanc, but that’s probably why this is the best one I’ve had.

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Turnbull Sauvignon Blanc

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Name: Turnbull
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: U.S. – California
Year: 2004
Producer: Turnbull Wine Cellars

Price: $9.99

The instructor of my wine class claims that this is the best Sauvignon Blanc made in America. I haven’t had a ton of them, but this is definitely the best one I’ve had. It has a distinct apricot fragrance and a flavor that is difficult to describe. It starts with some mild fruit and matures into some spice on the finish. Very, very nice. I’m calling it a Cheap Thrill.

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Les Fumees Blanches

Name: Les Fumees Blanches
Type: White
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: France
Year: 2004
Producer: Jacques & Francois Lurton
Price: $6.50

Has a light, crisp aroma. The flavor is fairly dry with watermelon and spice notes and a bit of minerality. The finish lingers a while. While it doesn’t stand out particularly, it is a tasty Sauvignon Blanc at this price.

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