Saturday, May 26, 2012

Updated Review & Rating: ***+ $$ Moon Crest Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2010 (GOOD VALUE)

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By way of background: Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine varietal, perhaps most well known historically for its association with Bordeaux, as the mainstay grape for white Bordeaux, where it may be aged for significant periods.  On a more contemporary basis, it is recognized for its expression in New Zealand, where sharp grasses and piercing mineral acidity highlight the grape. 

Initial review , April, 2011: This is Moon Crest Sauvignon Blanc, California, 2010 , finished at 12.8% alcohol. This was vinted and bottled by Jenna, San Martin, California.  The "California" designation says the grapes may have been chosen from anywhere within the state of California.  This is part of the Wine Insiders line, and was acquired as part of a mixed case from Wine Insiders.

In the glass: Clear with hints of yellow and vanilla.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows perfumed, somewhat layered grasses and tropical fruit.   From the aroma, seems like this will be both soft and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet and round on the mid-palate, offering clean sugars and light fruit. Light, lively and lithe, with a line of minerality passing through the center of the easy, sweet fruit.  Finish is clean and crisp, not cloying at all.  But definitely a new world sauvignon, more round, supple and easy than piercing and brilliant.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for balance.  Good value, bordering on best value (which it will be if you purchase as part of a case or mixed case at discount).

Following long decant, six hours in wine glass at room temperature: Gentler soft grasses on the nose.  The palate has held up well, moving towards a simpler, lighter nature, holding onto its clean finish.

Updated review, over a year later,  May, 2012:  Consistent color.  Still squeaky bright fruit on the nose.  Soft tropical palate, not really sweet, but plush and layered.  Sweet grapefruit apparent too.  Holds its strong 3+ rating and remains a good value even after the year's extra bottle time.  

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1 comment:

  1. just got a bottle of this and REALLY loved it!