Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Lake County / Mendocino County, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (~100%); may include a touch of Muscat and Chardonnay
Alcohol Content: 13.1%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2010
Purchase Price: $10.99
Our review: Aromas of gooseberry and lemongrass, together with very slight vegetal notes (asparagus) are exhibited by this light lemon yellow colored wine. Silky smooth on the palate, almost creamy, the fruit flavors are at first slighted muted before evolving into a mildly tart, but well balanced, flavor profile on the palate. The finish is quite long.
Our rating: This is a fine example of this varietal. Increasingly (and thankfully), California wineries are abandoning oak cellaring of sauvignon blancs, allowing the characteristic flavors of the grape come through. This would make for a nice choice with many cuisines, but we think simply prepared poultry or fish dishes are probably best. We rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent. (Note: this wine is made with organic grapes.)
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Intense aromas of grapefruit, citrus, kiwi and fresh cut grass greet the nose. As you drink, the crisp acidity gives the wine a fresh vibrant feel with flavors of grapefruit, lime zest and grass that closes with flavors of melon and a nice tart fi nish."
Winery website: Bonterra Vineyards.