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.