Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cloud Break Sauvignon Blanc 2009

California (wine review and rating)

Cloud Break Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Origin: California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.0%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Pale straw-colored with silver hightlights, this wine has pleasing gooseberry and lemongrass aromas with faint citrus floral notes. The citrus flavors on the palate are nicely balanced and accompanied by some underlying minerality. The finish enhances that mineral character and is slightly too astringent, not unlike dry stone.

Our rating: This is another one of those wines that works for us right up to the tail end of the finish. The citrus flavors on the palate are a little thin, almost as if the winemaker was being a little too timid to make them more pronounced. Still, this is a good wine to serve with seafood and, indeed, we served our bottle with broiled grouper sandwiches, a nice pairing. But that stony character towards the end bothered us a bit. According to the information on the website, no oak was used in aging, but what we're sensing doesn't come from oak, but seems to be more of a rough, unrefined finish, instead of a crisp, clean one. Still and all, its strengths tend to overcome its one serious weakness, and we rate it Above Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Crisp and refreshing with aromas of lime and lemongrass. The palate has bright acidity and a clean finish.

Winery website: Cloud Break Wines.

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