Saturday, August 20, 2011

Sobon Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Amador County, California (wine review and rating)

Sobon Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Origin: Amador County, California
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: August 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Silver-gold in color, this wine has aromas of tropical fruit and spice. Other than an initially brief and pleasant citrus tartness on the tip of the tongue, there isn't much fruit flavor on the palate; rather, it is more of a slightly smoky, earthy character with a crisp acidity that increases a bit into the finish, which itself it lengthy with considerable depth.

Our rating: Those who favor California interpretations of this varietal will not be disappointed in this effort. It's nicely complex, and would pair well with most meals that include roasted meats or vegetables. As with many "oaked" white wines — and to be sure, we aren't sure this wine has experienced any oak aging, but we'd be surprised if it hadn't — allowing it to breathe a bit before consuming improves its overall character. We previously rated the 2007 vintage and the 2008 vintage of this wine, rating them both Average. We think the current wine is a tad better, rating on the high side of Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Crisp and fruity, a perfect match for seafood and fowl dishes. The aromas are a captivating blend of floral and spicy tones with a hint of tropical fruit and toasted coconut. (From the bottle label.)

Winery website: Sobon Family Wines. This varietal is not mentioned on the winery website.

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