Cervantes 2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Apparently made from non-estate Sonoma County grapes at Chappellet Winery; 14.1% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 March

Cervantes_2012_SauvBlancThis dry wine is similar to, but subtly different from, the couple good 2012 Napa Sauvignon Blancs we’ve had recently (Xanthos, Ziata), but still pretty good.  It shows fairly elegant, yellow and green flavors of citrus (lemon and lime), apple, creamy melon, a little fresh grass, with a medium / somewhat juicy body.  It has a nice balance of fruity ripeness and acid, although less crisp than some.  What I miss about it is that it’s not very structured, with minerality and bitterness, like the Xanthos and Ziata were.  This wine is a little less serious, more in the fresh and refreshing vein.  It went very well with lemon curried chicken and cauliflower with rice. None survived to be sampled the next day.

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