The Hills Are Alive ….

I’ve recently run into a number of wines all from wineries with “mountain” in their name.  Coincidence?  Well, when you do a web search, there are quite a few results that pop up – quite a few.  Not surprising, then, that not long ago I had an Early Mountain Viognier at an area wine bar.  Then on the 4th  I had that Glass Mountain Chardonnay.  And, to boot, this past week I bought a glass of Sauvignon Blanc at a local watering hole and live music venue – Iota Club and Cafe – from the folks at Sunday Mountain.

I realize, of course, that terroir (soil, topography and climate) is important in growing grapes that can be turned into good wine.  So I can see how some wineries would naturally incorporate the name of the major nearby topographical feature into their own moniker.   Or maybe it’s just a marketing ploy by big beverage conglomerates to suggest a certain type of terroir by choosing a name with “mountain” in it.  Either way, it seems the hills are, indeed, alive with wine for me right now.  That doesn’t mean you’ll hear me singing from the peaks, but I just might be belting out a tune from the bottom of a bottle.  (Well, it was an attempt at a joke.)  Ha!

Winemaker:   Sunday Mountain
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  New Zealand
Price:  $11.99

Notes:  Color in the glass was a light straw.  The bouquet was quite pungent with scents of ripe melon and grass.  It has good, even bright, acidity.  Flavors included melon, pear, and lots of grapefruit.  Alcohol was at 12.6%.  I thought it was pretty darned OK, especially for a glass of Sauvignon Blanc served in what is primarily a local, live music venue.  I’m impressed with the folks at Iota.  I also had a barbecue pork sandwich which was tasty and so darned stuffed with pork and fixins that I couldn’t hold it together.  I just hate generous portions.  Psyche!  lol   The Sunday Mountain was OK with the sandwich, but I think it might be even better with a hearty seafood dish.  It isn’t a refined glass of Sauvignon Blanc, but it is most definitely flavorful.

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