Sonoma County, CA; 14.3% ABV
$4 at the Richmond, CA, store on 29 July
This wine had also intrigued me for a while. I forget when and why, but Stickybeak has somehow impressed me as a pretty good negociant, and I also liked that they cared enough to make the traditional Bordeaux white blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. I finally opened a bottle and, indeed, it’s pretty good for the price.
While the flavors might be slightly washed out from age, it is still pretty fresh and tasty. The wine shows the white melon / melon rind of Semillon and the yellow apple / lemon and a little green melon of Sauvignon Blanc, in a nice blend gently supported by oak, with an occasional hint of green bell pepper, especially as it warms. The fruit is gently ripe, well balanced by tasty acid.
The next day, the rest in the bottle is still pretty good, but to me not quite as good as the first day. The fruit is more forward and full, still nicely blended, but the finish is slightly more rough. Still, I think this is pretty good for the price. Don’t wait to drink it.