Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hess Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Hess Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Origin: Lake County, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: March 2009
Purchase price: $13.99

Our review: Pale gold in color, this wine has a very pleasant tropical fruit aroma (notably pineapple and melon) with quite distinct spice notes (vanilla). Almost silky on the palate, the fruit flavors are deep and expressive, beautifully balanced. The finish is complex and lengthy; the oak cellaring comes out here but doesn't overpower.

Our rating: An exceptional wine. We enjoyed ours with roast turkey and believe poultry is the best pairing though we suspect it would be a fine choice for almost any meal. We rate it Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The wine is a blend of Clone 1 and Musque clone. In order to preserve the crisp acidity and expressive aromatics, some lots were fermented in stainless steel tanks, while others were fermented in neutral oak barrels to lend a pleasant weight to the mid-palate. White peach, pineapple and ambrosia melon in the nose lead into more traditional varietal characters of gooseberry and lemongrass. Enjoy as an aperitif or with chicken in a lemon-caper sauce."

Winery website: The Hess Collection.

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