Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Marlborough, New Zealand (wine review and rating)

Ribbonwood Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $3.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Straw in color with gold hightlights, this wine has aromas of gooseberry, lemongrass, and lime with some slight herbal notes. The citrus (grapefruit) flavor is pronounced on the palate, but has a nice acid balance to it. There are hints of tropical fruit as well, maybe some kiwi or melon. The finish is clean, though relatively brief.

Our rating: It's hard to believe this is a $4 wine, as it shares many of the classical characteristics that are typically found in the New Zealand style of this varietal. If we to quibble, we'd say that we thought the palate lacked a bit of grassiness and that the minerality that makes its presence in the finish is a bit off, and it's more of a food wine than a sipping wine. But really, these are really minor faults. Not everyone enjoys this style, but it pairs beautifully with seafood, especially grilled or broiled white fish, and at this price, it's definitely worth a second -- or third -- or fourth -- look. We rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent, and are still astonished that we paid only $4 for this bottle. (We hope it wasn't a misprice by the seller, or worse, an error on our part as we inventoried our last purchase, as we intend to be back for more.)

Taste profile from the winemaker: None

Winery website: Framingham Wines: Wine Treasure from New Zealand. Ribbonwood Wines is produced by Framingham Wines. This label is not mentioned on their website.

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