Mendoza Station "Seleccion Especial" Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $8.99 (750ml bottle)
Our review: Citrus and lemongrass aromas with faint herbal notes are exhibited by this light golden colored wine. The citrus flavor -- more lime than lemon -- on the palate is moderately tart but nicely balanced. The finish adds a bit of orange zest and is fairly long.
Our rating: We enjoyed this wine, but in checking back on our notes from last summer on the "standard" 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, it seems this "Seleccion Especial" is a very different wine. The present wine is crafted more in the style of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, but softer. It retains the citrus and grassy character, but with somewhat rounded edges. The hint of orange -- it was brief and could have been pineapple or something similarly tropical -- we tasted on the palate just before the finish is a nice touch. We served our bottle during an outdoor luncheon of sandwiches and salads, an admittedly uninspired meal; still, we think this wine is rather versatile and would pair particularly well with most Asian cuisines. We rate it Above Average, though at $9 we also think it slightly overpriced.
Taste profile from the winemaker: None
Winery website: None found.