Since I had such a great experience with the Kendall Jackson Summation weeks back, it was time to give a white wine from the vineyard a shot. The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc got the call, and it answered with a quiet pop, shimmy, and fizz-a-la-la. If you wonder what that actually means, I have no idea.
When you pop the cork and get your first inhale of the bottle, there’s little or no aroma. In fact, I smelled the bottle several times. There is no discernible fragrance. I’m not enough of a white wine drinker long term, maybe this is not unusual, but for me, that was unusual.
The wine itself is a refreshing blend of pear, lime, and with some melon flavors. I tasted something else there; other wine sites say it’s honeysuckle and fig. If so, I need to have a bottle of this in my playpen more often. Good, good, mix. I could mostly taste the pear and lime flavors. The other flavors are very understated. No acidity, no aftertaste, no pomp and circumstance. I had this with a Jimmy John’s unwich, and it was perfect. It would probably also pair well with lemon pepper fish. It worked incredibly well with the apple smoked gruyere also. This wine has a breathy lightness to it. It makes it perfect to be the first entry into the Veranda Wine Circle(more on that the next blog).
Overall, I have to say I love this wine like a Firefly marathon. It’s good to just sit, sip, and enjoy in a relaxed environment. It hits you late, like a bus of Cambodian fugitives. Not overpowering in taste, certainly not in aroma, but eventually you get a buzz. And fanciful dreams of vanilla cupcakes. At least in my case. My only complaint is that the wine is very quiet, meaning it doesn’t jump out and immediately assert itself. It’s quiet, almost too quiet. But there’s the last kick. After several glasses, I really did finally feel the effects of the 13.5% alcohol. I highly recommend this for a light summer wine!