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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Tuesday Tasting: A Dozen Sauvignon Blancs Perfect For Summer

Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we taste a dozen sauvignon blancs.

In the upcoming issue of All About Beer magazine my Beyond Beer column is focused on wines that are perfect for summer sipping. Sauvignon blanc surely fits that bill, with crisp citrus, melon and stone fruit notes. Here are 12 sauvignon blancs tasted for the article.

Brassfield 2006 High Valley Serenity White Table Wine: A blend of sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and gew├╝rztraminer, this California white has nice citrus and pineapple tones. Well balanced with a good level of acidity perfect for the summer heat.

Brancott 2005 Sauvignon Blanc: This New Zealand wine is influenced by French oak and has an interesting asparagus nose that leads off. This quickly releases nice citrus notes and a touch of lemongrass.

Ehlers Estate 2007 Sauvignon Blanc: This Napa Valley golden straw wine is crisp with intense mango and peach notes. Slight pineapple and mineral finish.

Fetzer 2006 Sauvignon Blanc: Clean and crisp California sauvignon blanc. Light citrus and pear flavors.

Floral Springs 2006 Soliloquy: Produced using 100 percent sauvignon blanc gapes in Napa and sur-lees aged for 7 months in 1800-gallon Slavic-German oak tanks. Hints of melon, raisins and ripe fruit in a lingering flavor profile.

Hall 2006 Sauvignon Blanc: This winery is located in St. Helena in the heart of Napa among some of the best known California vineyards. This sauvignon blanc is crisp with nice citrus and melon qualities. Perfect to go with the fresh catch of the day.

Charles Krug 2007 Sauvignon Blanc: This Napa white is clean and crisp. Solid grapefruit notes in a wine that is an affordable cocktail pour.

Langtry 2006 Lillie Sauvignon Blanc: A light and crisp wine from California with a slight grassy tone, nice grapefruit and citrus.

Mercer 2007 Sauvignon Blanc: From Washington’s Columbia Valley this is a well built white wine. Faint wildflower nose, touch of herbal character from oak aging with pair, melon and honey flavors.

Murrieta’s Well 2006 Meritage: This Livermore Valley sauvignon blanc (65 percent) and Semillon (35 percent) blend spends 16 months in oak and undergoing malolactic fermentation to develop a rich character. A lemongrass and slightly sweet nose, with vanilla and honey flavor notes.

Redwood Creek 2006 Sauvignon Blanc: From California, a creamy white with honey, melon and green apple flavor tones. A nice outdoor wine.

Signorello Seta 2006 Proprietary White: Made in Napa from a blend of Semillon (60 percent) and sauvignon blanc (40 percent) this wine has an attractive nose with hints of melons. Made in a French style, the wine has a nice mineral base, with vanilla from the oak and good fruit character.

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