Very fruity, a mouthful of lime, grapefruit, apple and peach flavors, and turns spicy and peppery on the finish. Feels a bit flat and heavy on the palate. Finishes very dry and with bright fruitiness.
One of the drier Sauvignons out there, bony and minerally, with tart acids that make it mouthwateringly clean. Picks up lemon and fig flavors in the finish. A nice cocktail-style wine at a good price.
There are some true varietal notes in the black-currant and blackberry flavors, but unfortunately the wine also drinks rough and hot. Has a coarse earthiness that puts it firmly in the country-style camp. Yet it’s dry, clean and suitable for big parties where guests aren’t too picky.
Earthy, herbal aromas veer into cardboard, and a distinct waft of raw green peppercorn. The grapes didn’t fully ripen. But the wine is dry, tart and clean and there’s a certain food friendliness. Try it with stews or barbecue and you might discover hidden charms. —S.H.
Impertinent, saucy, rude—old-fashioned words to describe young, rustic wines, of which this is one. It’s very dry and tannic with earthy-berry flavors, and snaps to a weak finish. —S.H.
Dark and earthy, a thick, heavy wine with plummy, chocolatey flavors and big tannins, although the acidity is soft. The main drawback is residual sugar. Once that sugar hits, the palate is discombobulated.