Saturday, August 4, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Seadrift Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast, California, 2009 = GOOD VALUE

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Initial review, by way of background, March, 2011: This is Seadrift Sauvignon Blanc, North Coast, California, 2009, a selection from MyWinesDirect, finished at 13.8% alcohol.

In the glass: Light vanilla and lemon.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows  mixed citrus above grass, with distinct lemon notes showing.   From the aroma, seems like this will be tangy with perhaps a touch of cream.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are even creamier than anticipated, with soft pear coming through as the first note.  Lightly salted lemonade backs up the pear, but the acids are gentle... just enough to hold the finish lingering gently.  A bit of syrupy residual sugar mars an otherwise clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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Updated review, over a year later,   August, 2012:  Honey colors in the glass.  Sweet orange and lemon on the nose.  Rich, creamy palate is still present, showing salty, tangy pear.  Nice mineral showing and lingering finish, now mostly clean.  Gains a plus for its unique and handsome expression, becoming a good value selection.  An interesting choice if you'd like a flavorful white without turning to the high grass notes often provided by sauvignon blanc.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Softer lemon nose.  More muted palate, with elements of dry butterscotch.  I like the extra year of age, but recommend drinking without decant.

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