Mon 8 Sep 2008
Don’t pass up this Great Value in a Sonoma County sauvignon blanc. This is the Sonoma Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007, a wine that practically vibrates in the glass with crystalline purity. The bouquet weaves lemon-lime, anise, freshly-mown grass, dried thyme and a hint of grapefruit. Unlike sauvignon blancs from New Zealand, or the California counterparts that imitate them, this model does not exaggerate the obtrusively snappy grapefruit element. Still, scintillating acid jazzes the wine to ultimate crispness, while limestone elements provide a sort of ballast. The spicy character expands in the mouth, permeating the herb-infused citrus and tangerine flavors. A few minutes in the glass provide the wine with notes of jasmine and honeysuckle, appropriate advent to a texture that’s almost seductively dense. A very attractive sauvignon blanc for drinking into 2009. Sonoma Vineyards is owned by Tom Klein, owner of Rodney Strong Vineyards; winemaker is Greg Morthol. Very good+. About $15.