Saturday, March 7, 2009

Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (retaste)

Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc 2007 (retaste)
Origin: Russian River Valley, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.8%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: January 2009
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review and rating: Exceptionally pale, this wine has a pleasant fragrance of tropical fruit, notably pineapple and kiwi. The palate, however, lacks the crisp fruit flavors often typical of this varietal, and though of moderate body, it has a flat feel to it. The finish develops a smoky character with some heat at the end. Our score: This is a rare retaste of a wine we previously reviewed. A comment was left suggesting we may have tasted a bad bottle. It's possible. Although we did enjoy this bottle more than the last, we still think the wine seems somewhat unbalanced and lacks complexity. We should point out the wine improved significantly after being opened 20-30 minutes and being merely cool as opposed to chilled. Certainly not a bad wine, just there are so many others that are better at this price point. Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Classic pale-straw color with rich pineapple, grapefruit, and tropical fruit layers and a touch of herbal “green” sauvignon notes. Multiple vineyard sources allowed the assembly of a blend that showcases fruitiness and refreshing acidity supported by a surprising richness and length of finish."

Winery website: Sauvignon Republic.

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