2009 Saracina Sauvignon Blanc: Giving New Zealand A Run for Her Money!
Of late, New Zealand has taken the popularity crown for their Sauvignon Blancs. People have been after the intense fruit characteristics that you often see in those wines. But California is making some gems that find a balance between fruit and great minerality. The 2009 Saracina Sauvignon Blanc is one of these wines. This Sauvignon Blanc has a nose that implies that it will be a very fruity wine, with a lot of honey and melon, and a sweeter citrus zest. But when you take a sip, you discover something quite different: a very crisp sauvignon blanc with a great acidic backbone. This sauvignon blanc is fruit forward tending towards more of the citrus than melon family. The honeydew nose is replaced by minerality and even some grassiness. All these elements create a really well balanced, easy-to-drink wine that would be perfect to start a meal, and would work really well with shellfish, especially raw!