2010 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Sauvignon Blanc

99% Sauvignon Blanc, 1% Semillon; 12.5% ABV
78% Monterey County, 16% Mendocino County, 6% Sonoma County
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 23 May
Available online for $9 or $10

2010_Blackstone_SauvBlancI’ve seen a number of wines from Blackstone at the GO, but this is the first one I’ve tried.  Its pale yellow-green color looked like a good SB; this impression was reinforced by the description on the back label; and the price was less than previous offerings.

It turned out to be a good guess, as this is pretty tasty Sauvignon Blanc for those who like a less ripe style.  It showed flavors of gooseberry, melon (green honeydew, white of the rind, and a little light yellow), lime juice, mild grass / hay, white pepper, definite minerality, and lively acid that is not too sharp.  The back label says, “”grapefruit, gooseberry, and hints of lemon grass,” and this is not a bad description, either.  The next day, the rest of the bottle in the fridge was more smooth and integrated.  I thought this wine was yummy, and about what we usually get for $6 at the GO these days, but it does not seem to be discounted that much.


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