Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Hess Select Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Lake County, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.9%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: February 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Light straw with green and silver highlights, this wine has grassy aromas of citrus and green apples. The fruit flavors on the palate have a similar profile, are rather subdued and somewhat astringent, though reasonably well balanced. There isn't much of a finish, though some mineral character is present.

Our rating: This wine seems delicate, almost fragile. That isn't meant to be a criticism, but more of an impression. At first we thought the flavors were a little thin, but we could definitely discern some subtlety to the wine's structure and our opinion of it improved. Fortunately we enjoyed our bottle with a light luncheon of salad and sandwiches; we're not sure it would hold up to anything more substantial. We rate it Above Average overall. (We previously rated the Hess Sauvignon Blanc 2007 Excellent, but we're not sure how comparable it is. Though also a Lake County California wine, the 2007 definitely had some oak cellaring, but if the 2009 does, it doesn't come across in any meaningful way. The present wine also includes the word "Select", which is absent from the previous one.)

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Aromas of gooseberry and kiwi play nicely with flavors of lychee, lemongrass and ruby grapefruit."

Winery website: The Hess Collection.

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