Thursday, October 4, 2007

2006 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

I'm kind of cheating since I only had this wine one day, and it was from a bottle someone else had bought and brought to a restaurant. But nevertheless I got a good taste of it, so here's this week's review (oh, and obviously I didn't take the picture of the label myself, either):

Pale color. Lots of clean, pure grassy aromas that were very pleasant and not extreme in any way - I don't know how else to put this, but some sauvignons border on the herbal-vegetal or overly grassy, but this one was nice and fresh.

The predominant taste was of grapefruit, again nice, clean and pure along with some other citrus but mainly it was grapefruit. Very nice, crisp acidity - not what I would call "bracing" by any means, but well-integrated. The first glass also had a buttery feel in the mouth but that seemed to disappear after a few minutes and I didn't sense it after that.

The finish was decently long, with more grapefruit. This was a nicely-balanced wine that's easy to drink and has good aromatics and flavor. Price-wise, I don't think it is worth the $16-20 or so that it seems to be fetching; I had a Cameron Hughes Lot 26 New Zealand SB earlier this year at half the price and my memory tells me it was just as good, if not better. The Cloudy Bay is a well-made wine, though. So thumbs wise, one thumb up (for quality and taste), one thumb down (for costing too much in my opinion).

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1 comment:

Jill said...

Monkuwino, come back from vacation. we miss you!