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2009 Macari Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

This time last year I was in Long Island Wine Country with Megan, enjoying some great wine and food, visiting with friends and making new ones. Since we aren’t in Long Island this year I decided to open some wine from the region to help relive the memories from last year. We have lots of red wine in the cellar from that trip, but we were making Indian food last night and I needed a white. I perused around and found the ’09 Macari Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ($23). (Check out my post “From Poop to Juice” on our visit to Macari Vineyards last year)

My Tasting Notes…

Nose: pear, citrus, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, slate

Taste: sweet pea, lemon zest, minerality, green apple, grapefruit

Mouthfeel: smooth and crisp with racy acidity on the back of the palate

Finish: medium in length with lingering notes of citrus and sweet pea

Final Thoughts….

This is a very nice and complex Sauvignon Blanc that reminds me of a combination of ones from New Zealand and Touraine. You have great fruit forward nature of New Zealand and the racy acidity and minerality of Touraine. In addition it was a great pairing for the Indian food which was Channa Masala and Palak Aloo.



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Tuesday Quick Sip – 2008 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc

2008 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Information –

Country: New Zealand

Region: Marlborough

Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Aging: 7 months in stainless steel before bottling

Price: $15

wairauriver_sauvblancMy Tasting Notes –

Nose: pear, gooseberry, green pepper, touch of grapefruit

Taste: gooseberry, citrus, sweet pea, touch of grass

Mouthfeel: full body, slightly watery, crisp but could use more acid

Finish: long, fruity and refreshing

Overall the flavor and aroma profile was very nice, but I felt it could have used more acidity. For 15 bones it is a solid effort and paired great with our stir fry with peanut sauce. Interesting note, this is Wairau River’s first CarboNZero wine. CarboNZero is a government backed program to help individuals, institutions and events manage, measure and mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions. Pretty cool – a nice added bonus to enjoying your wine.


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Oops, I did it again! Chilean style!

No, this post is not about a new remix to Britney Spears song “Oops I did it again”, it is instead about two Chilean wines from the Colchagua and Central Valley’s. The other night I popped the 2008 Oops Cheeky Little White Sauvignon Blanc and the 2007 Oops Spicy Splendor Carmenere. Both of these varietals were of some of the biggest movers from Chile up twenty and twenty-three percent respectively. According to Rob Bralow of RF Binder and Wines of Chile: “Overall, Chilean bottled table wines increased by 2% in 2008, especially in December where imports of Chilean bottled table wines increased by 25% over December 2007. Most other countries saw a sharp decline in 2008.“ I would imagine that this in part because of the economic decline in the last and first part of this year here in the US and the incredible value that wines from Chile offer.

On to the wines…

oopssauvblanc2008 Oops Cheeky Little White Sauvignon Blanc

Grapes: 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Carmenere

Fermentation: Stainless steel

Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile

Price: $12

My Tasting Notes –

Nose: grassy, cat pee (normal and not offensive), lime-aid

Taste: lime, citrus , green pea and a touch of grapefruit at the back of the palate

Mouthfeel: nice medium bodied with good acidity up front and across the mid-palate

Finish: nice lingering flavors of grass and asparagus but the acidity that greeted me up front seemed to disappear a bit too quickly

This a nice Sauvignon Blanc, very reminiscent of SB’s from New Zealand and may be a nice alternative for people who like that style as the NZ SB’s prices have been on a steady incline. That isn’t to say that there aren’t great values from New Zealand as well. The nose on this wine was ridiculous, jumping out of the glass with classic Sauv Blanc aromas. I think the wines only down fall was the finish as the acidity fell off at the end after being so present up front.

oopscarmenere2007 Oops Spicy Splendor Carmenere

Grapes: 100% Carmenere

Fermentation: Stainless steel with 50% being aged in French and American oak for 8 months

Region: Central Valley (Curicó, Maipo, Maule, Rapel), Chile

Price: $12

My Tasting Notes-

Nose: blackberry, boysenberry, and “candy shop”

Taste: black pepper, leather, blackberry, pepperoni

Mouthfeel: full bodied and spicy

Finish: long and fruity

I am starting to see more and more 100% Carmeneres pop up in wine shops and this another good example of what can be done with the varietal. The people at Oops weren’t lying about this wine being spicy, it was loading with black pepper notes as well as black pepper spiciness. Great dark fruit aromas on the nose and palate with nice earthy hints of leather and spiced meats. Again a great value at $12.


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2006 Chester Gap Sauvignon Blanc

With this unseasonably warm weather hitting the Richmond area, it was time to break out a crisp Sauvignon Blanc, from Virginia. We broke out the 2006 Chester Gap Cellars Sauvignon Blanc to compliment our Indian food as well as the warm weather. Sauvignon Blanc would not be considered one of Virginia’s best known grapes but certain wineries including Chester Gap have the proper growing conditions to do well with the varietal. Chester Gap’s combination of high elevation, eastern exposure and rocky soil structure lay the foundation for a crisp mineral driven Sauvignon Blanc.

chestergapsauvblancMy Tasting Notes

Nose – citrus, wet stone, grass and fresh cut hay

Taste – melon, citrus, mineral

Mouthfeel – medium body, slightly tart and crisp

Finish – medium length, clean and “stony”

Although I had tasted this wine at the winery last summer, it still surprises me that a Loire style Sauvignon blanc can be produced here in Virginia. At $15 it isn’t a bad price either, especially for the quality it delivers. It was great with the Indian food, but would go great with shell fish dishes as well. Head up to Chester Gap and visit Bernd, and pick up a bottle.


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