Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California
Cost: $15 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: The Paul Dolan Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc tastes of brightly refreshing kiwi and citrus zest with an aromatic lemongrass perfume.
My Review: It’s not hard to sell me (and my wife) on Sauvignon Blanc – we live in North Carolina where it gets hot and humid, so crisp, refreshing wines are always welcome. That being said, we tend towards South American Sauvignon Blanc, which made trying this one from California a break in our routine.
So how did it hold up?
In the glass the wine was a pale straw color, while on the nose I picked up citrus notes. In the mouth the wine was crisp on the front, with a hint of roundness on the mid-palate and a saline finish. Flavors of citrus zest and lemongrass were most prominent.
My wife and I paired the wine with turkey burgers and corn on the cob, and it was a good pairing, but the saline finish begged for oysters.
I really liked this wine, especially for $15. I would buy it again, and if you’re looking for a crisp, refreshing white for the last bit of summer, you can do a lot worse than this for more money.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.