Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Dancing Bull Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Origin: California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (96%), Semillon (4%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: March 2009
Purchase price: $11.99

Our review and rating: A light yellow in color with green tints, this wine has mild aromas of citrus and grass with slight herbal notes and maybe a little sweet spice (vanilla). A mineral dryness is initially present on the palate but is quickly replaced by a medley of citrus fruit flavors, well balanced with a brisk acidity. The finish adds an faint oak-like quality but is otherwise smooth and pleasantly long. Our score: An interesting take on this varietal, we rate it Above Average, approaching Excellent. This is a considerable improvement over the from a year ago which we found disappointing. This versatile wine would be exceedingly food friendly; we served it with a lightly seasoned Asian dish.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The wine is crisp and clean with bright citrus tanginess balanced with a hint of cut grass herbaceousness usually found in New Zealand wine. The nose is packed with aromas of lime and kiwi, with subtle notes of fresh cut grass and boxwood. The mouth has a crisp acidity and focused grapefruit and lime freshness balanced by tropical flavors of guava and mango."

Winery website: Dancing Bull.

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