Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Seems I haven’t yet exhausted my archival notes.  So while it appears that Joel Gott Wines is now selling it’s 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, please step into my time machine for a trip back into the not-so-distant past.  Can we find a bottle of the 2013 on our store shelves?  Probably not.  Does the quality of this vintage provide a sense of what may lie waiting for us in the 2015?  Well, it can certainly give us an idea of the quality we can expect.  You can also click on the link above and see what the vintner has to say about his new Sauvignon Blanc.  In the meantime ….

Oenophilogical_JoelGottSauvignonBlanc2013Winemaker: Joel Gott
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2013
Appellation: California
Price: $10.99

Notes: Aromas of tropical fruit and citrus rose from the glass of this pale golden-hued wine.  On the tongue, the heft was light with a definite coat-the-tongue sensation.  Acidity was brisk, and alcohol was at 13.9%.  As far as flavor, my palate found Meyer lemon, grass, a hint of hot pepper (from the acidity, no doubt), and a saline note.  I certainly enjoyed this Joel Gott selection quite a bit, and I think it would have been a great pairing with scallops or a light fish stew.  Perhaps I need to cook up some scallops and grab the current release for an awesome meal.

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Like Old Faithful – Something You Can Rely On

Ever have one of those days when nothing seems to go your way?  I’ve had a few of them over the years.  Turns out today was another one of those challenges – from a difficult commute to unpleasant developments at work, and so on.  I won’t bore you with the details.  But it’s on this kind of day when I’ve had my fill of surprises that I don’t want a wine “adventure” when I’m winding down at home.  I want something I can rely on.  That’s when I reach for a consistent performer like the Geyser Peak winery and their Sauvignon Blanc.

Winemaker:  Geyser Peak
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  California
Price:  $10.99

Notes:  The hue of this one was an extremely pale yellow.  In the bouquet I detected scents of tropical fruit, citrus and grass.  Acidity was lively, alcohol was at 13%, and heft on the tongue was light.  Flavors I tasted included citrus, pear, grass, and a hint of banana.  I’m happy to say that I found it an enjoyable glass of Sauvignon Blanc.  What about you?

Monkeying Around With A Kiwi White

In a recent post I pondered whether some of the wine labels chose their names to suggest a certain kind of terrain and terroir in consumers’ minds irrespective of where the winery is located or where the grapes are grown.  But, of course, that is not necessarily the case.  There are plenty of wineries that do, indeed, assume a name from their locale.  For instance, Dry Creek Winery is near a stream called Dry Creek.  Mayacamas Vineyards is located in the Mayacamas Mountains.  And, in the case of Monkey Bay, the winery assumes it’s name from a bay not far from the winery – north of Blenheim and west of Wellington on the coast of Marlborough.

Winemaker:  Monkey Bay
Varietal:  Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  New Zealand
Price: $12.99

Notes:  The color of this New Zealand white was a pale lemon yellow.  The bouquet was really quite a heady experience with scents of tropical fruits (pineapple, papaya), honey, citrus zest and floral notes.  Acidity was fine; it was light-bodied; alcohol was at 12.5%.  On the palate I found lime, some hints of sweet pineapple, and grapefruit.  The grapefruit hits late and lingers long on the finish.  Overall, it’s a tart glass of wine that I found enjoyably refreshing.  This is another Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc that, though not particularly refined, delivers on flavor.

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.