Monday, May 31, 2010

Concannon Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Concannon Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Central Coast, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2010
Purchase Price: $7.99

Our review: Classic New Zealand-style aromas of gooseberry and grass are exhibited by this light straw-colored California varietal. The flavors on the palate are citrus-based, but are rather subdued and a bit muddled. A slight amount of heat develops into the finish, which is of length and interest.

Our rating: This is a complex wine, but not an easy one to decipher -- and we're somewhat torn as to how to define it. According to the winery's website, all stainless steel was used in fermentation; that there is some apparent oakiness is a credit to the skill of the winemaker. Still, given its overall character, it's not as rounded as we might like. Consider pairing it with broiled or grilled seafood. We generally serve California sauvignon blancs with poultry, which in this case probably wasn't an ideal match. On balance, we rate it on the high side of Average, but we think it might be better had it been served with the right meal.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Brilliant straw hue with a complex nose of fig, melon, lemon and lime. Bright fruit, medium body and crisp finish."

Winery website: Concannon Vineyard.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Praia Vinho Verde NV

Praia Vinho Verde NV
Origin: Portugal
Blend: Arinto (40%), Loureiro (30%), Trajadura (20%), Azal (10%)
Alcohol Content: 10.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2010
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Aromas of fresh lemon and lime zest, with slight floral notes, accompany this lightly sparking wine. The nicely balanced citrus -- and maybe a little peach -- flavors on the palate are crisp and refreshing. There is some mineral character to the brief finish.

Our rating: This is a delightful wine to start off the summer, with a little more spritz than a typical vinho verde. Perfect for sipping on a lazy afternoon, or just sharing with friends. We enjoyed our bottle watching the sun set. It would also pair well with light dishes, such as green salads drizzled with a fresh vinaigrette or with tomatoes and mozzarella. These "green wines" are typically non-vintage, so drink soon after purchase as they are best consumed young; ours had a 2009 stamp on it. We rate it well Above Average.

Taste profile from the distributor: "Smooth and fresh wine with delicate and lovely fruity flavors. Slightly spritzy, it is well balanced and very refreshing. The wine is ideal as an aperitif or throught a meal, especially with fish, seafood, white meat and salads."

Winery website: None found.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Taking a Break for May

We'll be taking a short break from reviewing the latest ABC wines on our blog here, returning around Memorial Day. In the meantime, please add your comments to the wines we've previously reviewed. And if you have a suggestion for us to try, please drop us a line.

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