This Italian outpost of the Antinori clan has crafted an elegant yet mouthfilling Sauvignon that manages to inject a sense of Old World minerality into its New World fruit. Pungently grassy scents are backed by stone fruit and citrus, while a trace of minerality graces the long, pink-grapefruit finish.
It seems this Italian venture is starting to hit its stride, turning in a plump, round offering layered with complexity. It starts off sweaty and pungent, then develops more melon and nectarine scents with aeration. Those flavors follow through on the palate, followed by persistent notes of white grapefruit on the finish.
A joint venture between Tuscany’s Ludovico and Piero Antinori, Mount Nelson’s 2010 is a fresh, herbal rendering of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Treble notes of tomato leaf and bell pepper predominate, with grapefruit providing the bass.
A joint venture of brothers Piero and Lodovico Antinori, this is the first vintage to reach U.S. shores, and it is a promising first step. Melon and peach notes on the nose are garnished with fresh herbs, and on the palate the wine hews a line between round and ripe and lean and grapefruity, striking a fine balance. Imported by Vintus.
This Antinori-owned project has put its 2009 Sauvignon Blanc out in to the middle of the fairway. It’s got all the typical Marlborough characters, ranging from grassy, herbal notes through careening tropical fruit. Long, crisp and refreshing on the finish.
On the leaner side, with mineral overtones to the grapefruit and cut-grass aromas and flavors. Comes out of the bottle with some smelly reductive notes that take some aeration to eliminate, so decant before serving.
Pungent on the nose, this is even a touch garlicky, making it hard to warm up to. And that’s too bad, because there appears to be some nicely rounded melon and fig flavors that struggle to emerge.