Silverdale, WA 13.3% alc. (Purchased on 7/26/13)
I purchased this wine after reading comments about it following my review of this producer’s Chardonnay…and boy! am I glad I did! My heartfelt thanks to Tim Brashear for his exacting review and to Seedboy for seconding those comments. This Sauv Blanc is indeed “almost seamless”, full-flavored and impeccably balanced. Unlike Tim, I found it to be quite grassy (at least by my definition), but I really like that quality.
Brilliant very pale straw. The very aromatic nose just jumped out of the glass at me…grassy and herbaceous with a bit of bell pepper. On the front of the toungue it’s loaded with sweet fruit, but also tangy and extracted. Flavors of more grass and ripe pear. For me it’s the best of “both worlds”…has a bit of southern hemisphere herbal (not quite gooseberry) quality and old-fashioned California-style grassy herbaceousness, like the delicious SB’s of the 70’s and 80’s i.e. Grgich Hills, Kenwood, Chateau St, Jean Le Petite Etoile etc. Fairly long finish. I love this stuff and will definitely head back for more. At $6.99 I consider this wine stunning…for myself and for all who appreciate this style. Perhaps the best non-New Zealand SB I’ve ever had from GO (even better than the Patianna). I’ll take this one anytime over the OM Chardonnay.