Friday, December 31, 2010

The Peñascal Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009

The Peñascal Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Castilla y Leon, Spain
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $6.99

Our review: Yellowish-gold with green highlights, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit (melon, pineapple, banana) with some apple blossom and spice (vanilla?) notes. The palate has a similar flavor profile, a combination of spicy and sweet, though well balanced with a moderating acidity. The finish is quite long and considerably fruity.

Our rating: We believe this is our first sauvignon blanc from Spain, and what a treat! It is surprisingly complex, and we really enjoyed the spicy tropical fruit element that carried through from the nose to the finish. We paired it with a pasta dish, but think it is probably best suited for Asian cuisines. We rate it on the very high side of Above Average ... and at just $7 a real value.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "This crisp, dry white wine is light, refreshing, and has a modern style. It has a subtle and elegant nose with pear, peach and apricot aromas and flavours."

Winery website: None found.

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