Kenwood Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Winemaking in Sonoma County California actually predates Napa County by a few years.  In fact, Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma County is the oldest in the State, having been founded in 1857.  Kenwood isn’t quite that old, but it has a long history of it’s own.  Founded in 1970, Kenwood Vineyards is located on the site of the former Pagani Brothers Winery originally established in 1906.  According to Kenwood, in 1970 the Pagani Brothers Winery was refurbished and modernized by “wine enthusiasts from the San Francisco Bay area.”  Kenwood Vineyards makes a full line of varietal wines, including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker:  Kenwood Vineyards
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Sonoma County
Price:  $17.49*

Notes:  This is a Sauvignon Blanc very much in what I think of as the “old world” mien.  In other words the flavors are subtle, restrained and balanced.  On the nose I encountered scents of citrus and apricot nectar.  In the glass it is a very pale yellow with a slight tinge of green.  On the palate I tasted lemon, peach and honey with hints of pear and kiwi, a light dusting of green bell pepper, and a nice zip of grass on the finish.  Acidity is good, and alcohol is at 13.5%.  A fine Sauvignon Blanc for sipping, I would imagine you could easily pair it successfully with plenty of foods – including grilled fish, a cheese course, or a light meat dish – pork or chicken.  I might also say salad could work, but in my experience I have found that the dressing used can make or break a wine pairing.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.

* also available at Whole Foods at $11.99

Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2012

OK!  Back to business – tasting primarily inexpensive wines.  This Chilean Sauvignon Blanc from Trader Joe’s is definitely a budget-friendly selection.  In fact, I almost didn’t grab it because of my last experience with a $3.99 bottle of wine.  Happily, this TJ private label was worth investigating.

Winemaker:  VSPT, Vitacura for Trader Joe’s
Wine:  Trader Joe’s Viñas Chilenas Sauvignong Blanc Reserva
Varietal:  Sauvignong Blanc
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Valle Central, Chile
Price:  $3.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  In the glass this wine is a pretty light yellow.  On the nose I found scents of citrus, pear and honeysuckle.  Flavors for me were a core of lemon throughout, hints of pear, and some zest at the finish.  I would almost add a bit of honey, except it wasn’t the taste of honey but the sweetness.  In fact, at times the flavors came together in a lemon drop sort of way (not as intense as the candy).  This is a light wine – light-bodied and light on the taste buds.  Alcohol is at 12%, and acidity is good.  Light though it is, I think it could stand up to a Sea Bass or Tilapia entree.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur. See “About” for the full disclaimer.