2008 Old World Winery Sauvignon Blanc "Bon Temps LeBlanc"
North Coast, California
WB Rating: 82

Alcohol by volume: 14.6%
Price at time of purchase: $21.00 (from Winery)
Type: Sauvignon Blanc
Principal varietal(s): Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc comes from two vineyards, one in the Redwood Valley of Mendocino, the other from Dry Creek in Sonoma. It has attractive ripeness and underlying rich citrus and stone fruits. However, at this stage the fruit is considerably overshadowed by a leesy/toasty character that tends to muddle its flavors and place the wine well off the normal Sauvignon Blanc calibration curve. The wine was just bottled, so it's likely this is an awkward stage and the fruit will reassert itself with some bottle age. We'll try it again in a few months. For now it is certainly pleasant to drink, just not in my comfort zone. (Price estimated.) - HK 2009-07-09


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