A lot of times it can be hard to detect all of the aromas and nuances of a wine – everyone has a slightly different palate and may get different flavors or different characteristics from certain wines – while with others they are easy to detect and super in your face. Sauvignon Blanc is a great varietal to explore if you are wanting to expand your wine palate; there are so many varied expressions of this one particular varietal and the differences can be truly amazing when you are comparing Sauv Blanc from different regions of the world. Here are three wines of very distinct styles that reflect these differences – all three wonderful summer wines to enjoy on a beautiful day like today.
2008 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc $23
Dog Point is a project between two veterans who formerly worked with Cloudy Bay, a renowned Sauvignon Blanc producer from New Zealand. They now focus on small production, hand crafted wines, utilizing fruit from some of the oldest vines in Marlborough. The 2008 Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc is grassy and zesty with lots of lemon and lime zest on the nose and palate. Tart green apple flavors add to the unique profile. While the wine is bright and full of citrus zest, there is a nice roundness to the palate, and the finish is elegant.
This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc showcases a balance of fruit and savory herbs. Grapefruit and citrus on the palate with mineral undertones and hints of fresh herbs and jalapeno. Very clean and crisp on the finish.
2008 Quivera Fig Tree Sauvignon Blanc $20
Slightly less typical of other Sauvignon Blanc from California (but in a very good way!), this 100% Organic and Biodynamic wine comes from vineyards on the Quivera property that sit between two creeks – the gravel soils give this wine a unique flavor profile. The Fig Tree Sauvignon Blanc has some truly unique characteristics – aromas and flavors of grapefruit, lemon grass and some savory elements and spice on the finish. Definitely a bit bigger and rounder on the palate. This would be a great wine to pair with roast chicken or grilled fish.