A while back I decided that for class I needed to brush up on my knowledge of whites... well some whites I know, and Sauvignon Blanc is not one of them. This is what I've learnt:
Sauv Blanc makes one of my favorite whites - actually two of them. Puilly-Fuisse from France and Fume Blanc (Mondavi) from California... luv em to death. But New Zealand is supposed to be the producer of the best in the world. And no one knew until the 1990's.
- very pale straw centre
clean nose, moderately intense notes of
- crisp green stonefruit (young peaches)
clean palate, 0 dryness, moderate++ acid, 0 tannin, moderately intense flavors of
- crispy green stonefruit
moderate body, moderate alcohol (12%), very good length
Those who know my wine-notes know that I rarely put the same notes for nose and palate. This was an incredible exception. It tastes like it smells and is incredibly easy drinking. Be warned! A bottle of this can be drunk by one person far too easily! Ok... don't say I didn't warn you.
Pairs well with soft buttery cheeses, creamy pasta or risotto, anything with a bit of heaviness to it will be elevated by this crisp bright acids and young stonefruit of this lovely wine.
2008 Monkey Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand **buy this @ $20 or less**