This year, May 16th marked the 5th annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day. It also meant kicking Summer off a little early and making the big red to white switch. We toasted the day with a Sauv Blanc from Los Vascos, which we wrote about in our wine reviews last month. (To read: Click Here.) Thanks to Pasternak Wine Imports, this past month we’ve also been enjoying some of their other 2013 selections.
THE SAUV BLANCS….
Domain de la Perriere Sancerre Loire Valley, France Vintage: 2013 SRP: $24.99
Winemaker’s Notes: The Sancerre Blanc Domaine de la Perrière is a dry white wine with a pale bright straw color. The wine is rich and full in the mouth and shows white peaches, apricots and exotic fruits aromas. The finish brings all the purity and the minerality with good length.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: A classic Sauvignon Blanc…Crisp but smooth at the same time. A bit more citrus than expected or we would have liked, but overall a good wine. Paired well with our cheese plate varieties and was refreshing. We rated it a 3.5 out of 5 on Vivino.La Petite Perriere Loire Valley, France Vintage: 2013 SRP: $12.99
Winemaker’s Notes: La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely intense and pale gold color. On the nose, there is an explosion of very ripe, yellow and exotic fruit aromas. Clean and refreshing on the palate with notes of melon and a mineral frame. This wine can be enjoyed young but will also age well for 1-2 years after bottling.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: This classic Sauv Blanc was the favorite of the group. It was crisp and smooth, refreshing and full of expected and surprising aromas and flavors…strong notes of pear with floral aromas. We enjoyed it with some soft cheeses, bread and a refreshing Summer salad. We rated it 4 out of 5 stars on Vivino.DASHWOOD Marlborough, New Zealand Vintage: 2013 SRP: $14.99
Winemaker’s Notes: Our Sauvignon Blanc style is bright, forward and direct. Vivaciously crisp, it showcases grapefruit, guava, lemongrass, and tropical fruit flavors that linger through the finish.
Our Thoughts and Pairings: The second favorite in the group, this Sauv Blanc was very crisp, but smooth. While we noted plenty of grapefruit and light citrus, the floral and sweet notes made for a well-balanced wine. We enjoyed it all on its own. We scored it 4 out of 5 stars on Vivino.
Cheers to Summer!