Friday, April 25, 2008

Fortress Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Fortress Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Origin: Lake County, California
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc Musque Clone
Alcohol content: 14.2%
Bottle closure: Natural cork
Purchase date: April 2008
Purchase price: $11.99

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The inviting floral aromas lead to a well balanced wine on the palate with flavors of citrus, key lime, ripe kiwi, peach and melon. Its creamy texture offers a rich mouth-feel and lingering finish. Drink either as an aperitif or pair with shellfish, seafood, poultry, pasta, or mildly spicy and fusion fare."

ABC Wines review: This is a very fragrant wine with aromas of tropical and stone fruits. The palate is disappointing, overly acidic with little fruit flavor. The finish is nice, though a bit too hot, and brings out the oak cellaring that a part of the grape's harvest received. The label states "grass is for cows" clearly indicating the winemaker's preference to omit the fresh grassiness that is characteristic of better sauvignon blancs. Our score: At this price point, Average at best.

Winery website: Fortress Vineyards. Note: An image of the bottle could not be located. The image above is of the label for this wine superposed on a generic white wine bottle.

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