Thursday, September 1, 2011

Finca Los Maza Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Mendoza, Argentina (wine review and rating)

Finca Los Maza Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.3%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: May 2011
Purchase Price: $7.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: This straw-colored wine with gold highlights has aromas of tree fruit (notably apples) with strong floral and spice notes. The fruit flavor on the palate is of a similar character accompanied with a nicely balanced citrus-like tartness, with a very slight, but not unpleasant, bitterness appearing in the finish.

Our rating: We appreciate the complexity that the winemaker tried to introduce into this wine, though we thought the overall flavors were a bit flat and not quite harmonious. We suspect the brief oak cellaring softened the wine just a tad too much, rendering it somewhat muddled. Not a sipping wine, but one that pairs nicely with freshly prepared, richly flavored foods. We served our bottle with oven-fried chicken, baked potatoes and steamed vegetables, a solid pairing. (That may not seem like a "richly flavored" meal to you, but trust us, it was!) Attractively priced, and noticeably different from its cousins to the west (i.e. Chilean Sauvignon Blancs), we think it's worth checking out. We rate it on the high side of Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: Color: Pale yellow with green hues. Aroma: Grapefruit along with other citric fruits. Mouth: Fresh and butters with citric notes and a well-balanced acidity.

Winery website: Finca Los Maza.

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