Thursday, March 19, 2009

Sterling Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Sterling Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Origin: Mendocino County, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: March 2009
Purchase price: $15.99

Our review: Pale to the point of being colorless, this wine has bright, fresh aromas of lime and grapefruit with subtle vegetal notes of bell pepper. Dry and of light body on the palate, the tart citrus flavors slowly develop and are accompanied by a mineral crispness. The slightly too astringent finish is exceptionally long and seems to add subtle tropical fruit flavors as it tapers off.

Our rating: The organic grapes for this wine were sourced from a single vineyard lending a pure character to the wine. Ideal as an aperitif or to serve with appetizers, the wine could also be paired with a light lunch al fresco. Well chilled, we rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "A clear pale straw and offers aromas of lime, guava and a hint of fig. The flavors are a bright, mouth filling medley of ruby grapefruit, lemon lime and tropical notes of guava, papaya, and passion fruit. The wine lingers and would pair well with various cheeses, ceviche, sushi, and pastas Alfredo or primavera."

Winery website: Sterling Vineyards.

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