Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Night Harvest by R. H. Phillips Sauvignon Blanc NV

California (wine review and rating)

Night Harvest by R. H. Phillips Sauvignon Blanc NV

Origin: California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (76%), French Colombard (8%), Malvasia Bianca (7%), Chardonnay (5%), Semillon (3%), Chenin Blanc (1%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $8.99 (1.5L bottle)

Our review: Light lemon yellow in color, this wine has aromas of citrus and citrus flowers with vegetal (bell pepper) and lemongrass notes. The flavor is citric in character, a bit tart but also reminiscent of lemon rind. The finish is herbal and is slightly chalky.

Our rating: We didn't care much for this wine, the last of our 1.5L purchases that we are considering to serve with outdoor grill food this summer. That rind-like flavor seemed to become more established the more we consumed, and really interfered with our enjoyment of the wine. Food didn't much balance or mask it either. This is a real disappointment for us as many years ago we used to purchase this label on a regular basis as an everyday wine. We last reviewed the 2004 Night Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, calling it Average; this non-vintage bottle rates at best Below Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: A very aromatic variety, this wine is bursting with the zest of citrus, tropical pineapple, apricot, and accented by hints of lychee nut and freshly cut fescue which give it varietal character. Vibrant acidity on the palate make this wine refreshing and the array of flavors ranging from kiwi, peach, citrus, and hints of macadamia, make it a wonderful wine to pair with white meats, fish, and pasta.

Winery website: Constellation Wines U.S.

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