Otu Otuwhero Estates Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008

I’m on an NZ Sauv Blanc kick.

This one is a a clear, almost-medium gold. Clean, medium intensity deep ripe tropical fruit along with a strong green pepper-vegetal nose that’s very appealing. Dry, high acidity and a medium-plus body. Spice, melon, very ripe pear and grapefruit, along with the green pepper on the palate. Medium length; 13% alcohol. I like the complexities here; it’s similar in many ways to the 2008 Kato. $22.90 at Crosstown. See Otu Wine (the site was down when I wrote this review).


Alphonse Mellot La Moussière 2009 Sancerre

Clear, light gold in the glass. Clean, medium-plus intensity melon, citrus, and mineral nose. Dry with a hint of residual sugar probably coming from tropical fruit notes. Strong lemon quality. High acidity, though it seems to drop off quite quickly in the finish. Medium body. Seems to be some use of oak here as well—comes through in the nose a bit too. 13% alcohol. Good length. Quite enjoyable, though there’s something about the dulled finish which doesn’t quite satisfy; overall good. See Alphonse Mellot Domaine Moussière.

Kato Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2008

Clear, pale gold appearance. Intense green pepper and spice nose with a hint of ripe fruit; very distinctive. Dry, high acidity, light-plus body. Again vegetal on the palate, green and red peppers, mineral, and citrus. Very long lemon finish. A strong example of the vegetal qualities of New Zealand Sauv Blancs. 13% alcohol. Recommended. Bought with a good friend for $23.60 at Kitsilano Wine Cellar, which has recently moved next door into the old Duthie Books space (still mourn their loss) and there’s more space but they’ve perhaps lost a bit of the character of the old store. Still, a great selection.

2009 Gitton Père & Fils Chantalouettes Pouilly-Fumé

Celebrating my successful completion of the WSET Level 2 Intermediate Certificate in Wines and Spirits, which I took in the fall from Lynn Coulthard of Fine Vintage Limited.

Clear, pale lemon-gold appearance. Medium intensity citrus-floral nose. Dry, high acidity, medium body; mineral, lemon, and woody qualities in the mouth. Intense, austere, definitely enjoyable. Good length. 12% alcohol. $40 at Liberty Wine Merchants. See Gitton Père & Fils.

Amador Foothill 2005 Shenandoah Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Clear, medium lemon-gold. Medium-plus intensity citrus and banana aromas. Bone dry high acidity and light body. Quite intense lemon and green apple with touches of toastiness and tropical fruit. 13.5% alcohol; medium length.

This is a blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon. See Amador Foothill Winery.

$28.95 at Firefly Fine Wines & Ales—first bottle I’ve bought there. Not a huge selection in their (unusual, walk-in) cooler but overall the store looks good.