Friday, June 19, 2009

Castle Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2006

Castle Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Origin: Monterey County, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.8%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: May 2009
Purchase price: $8.99

Our review: Pale gold in color and aromas of grapefruit, melon, and honey with slight vegetal or herbal notes, this wine is incredibly smooth on the palate. The fruit flavors are initially quite prominent before a soft, spicy character (from oak cellaring?) comes through. The finish is quite complex and long-lasting, though a little too much smoky heat develops.

Our rating: We served this wine with a salad course, but think it pairs best with a vegetable risotto or a hearty poultry dish. It is a sophisticated wine that we rate Above Average, nearly Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "This elegant, medium-bodied wine is crisp and refreshing, with hints of citrus, apple, honey and melon flavors all blending into a smooth, silky, harmonious finish. It makes an ideal accompaniment for seafood, chicken, salads and vegetarian dishes."

Winery website: Castle Rock Winery.

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