Thursday, April 7, 2011

Doña Paula Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Doña Paula Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: February 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99

Our review: Very aromatic, this greenish-yellow colored wine exhibits fragrances of fresh citrus, lime zest and lemongrass. Crisp on the palate, the fruit flavors are well balanced with just the right amount of tartness. The finish is a little overly astringent and adds a dry mineral character.

Our rating: We don't often see this varietal from Argentina, and quite liked this example. We enjoyed our bottle with blackened grouper sandwiches, a very nice pairing. We think any seafood would work here; indeed, this seems to be a versatile wine, cuisine-wise. Though the rather odd finish prevents us from giving this wine top marks, we still rate it Above Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Intense aromas of yellow grapefruit, lime and passionfruit that are well integrated with gooseberry and herbal notes. On the palate this is a wine with great freshness and very long aftertaste."

Winery website: Doña Paula Argentina.

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