Fresh, grassy and citrusy on the nose, this is a wonderfully clean and elegant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that should be widely available. Grapefruit and fresh herb flavors are pretty much what we’ve come to expect, perhaps a little less overtly tropical than some and less pungent than some others. Drink now. Imported by Pernod Ricard USA.
Not overly concentrated or extracted, this is a plump, medium-bodied Pinot Noir that should have broad appeal for its cherry and cinnamon aromas and flavors and reasonable price. It’s clean and refreshing on the finish, which is anchored by hints of mocha. Drink now.
Montana (sold as Brancott here in the U.S.) has been trying to make good Pinot at a good price for years, and they seem to be getting closer to their goal. The 2007 South Island Pinot blends fruit from Waipara and Marlborough into a soft, round, cuddly whole, redolent of root beer and beet root and ending with a flourish of tart cherries. Drink now.
Do you like lemon drop cocktails? This is a lemon drop wine —so ripe and round and sweetly lemony it could almost pass for Limoncello. Despite the almost 14% alcohol, there is some sweetness, as you might find in a late harvest wine, albeit concealed by the acidity. Rose petals and talcum powder flavors coalesce into a firm, full, fruity, slightly sweet and also…
This is an amazing Syrah. Few in the history of California have been this dramatically rich and ripe with flavors of blueberries, blackberries, chocolate, currants, cedar and baking spices. Yet the wine is thoroughly dry, and the alcohol feels balanced with a warm, soft mouthfeel. Delicious now and for the next 4–5 years.
Brander’s stainless steel fermented Sauvignon is an exciting wine, simply brilliant in pure fruit and mouthwatering acidity. It’s as fresh as a harvest morning, with intense flavors of lemongrass, gooseberry, tangerine zest, green grass and vanilla. Certainly at the top of its class.
Fred Brander and winemaker Fabian Bravo study Sauvignon Blanc through several bottlings each year, but this Santa Ynez Valley appellation cuvee is an early favorite for 2013. Delicate flinty notes on the nose are bolstered with honey dew and apple. The palate leads with a lot of zing that evolves into flavors of kiwi and pear, with a slightly buttery, almost…
Brander’s Au Naturel is the winery’s highest expression of unoaked Sauvignon Blanc, and the 2011 is one of their greatest ever. Dry and crisp with acidity, it’s fabulously complex with flavors of citrus and tropical fruit, green apple, gooseberry, minerals, spices and dried herbs.