I had been wanting to try DeLille Cellars wine from Washington State for some time, so when I found a bottle of the 2017 Chaleur Blanc at Costco for $14.99, I couldn’t resist! This white Bordeaux style blend is 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon. The grapes were hand harvested and whole-cluster pressed. Next, the free-run juice was chilled in stainless steel to clarify and then fermented sur lie in French Oak.
The color was a lovely pale lemon yellow. The nose offered gorgeous aromas of stone fruit, apricots, lime and grapefruit. The palate offered additional notes of lightly toasted oak, kiwi and honeysuckle. In addition, it had a creamy softened mouth feel. It had a delicious finish at 37 seconds.
I could easily enjoy this wine on its own, but it also paired very well with my creamy baked salmon. It’s definitely on my list of favorite summer whites, so as the days get hotter, do a little DeLille!
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It’s International Sauvignon Blanc day and to celebrate, I opened a North Canterbury New Zealand, 2017 Mt. Beautiful, Sauvignon Blanc. Canterbury is South of Marlborough on the South Island of New Zealand.
The color was a lovely pale straw and the ABV was 13%. When I first opened it the aromas of “pipi de chat” were so strong, I though my old cat had returned. As the wine opened up, the nose softened and offered additional aromas of Peach, Melon and Honey. On the palate there were flavors of lime, grapefruit, kiwi and grass with nice acidity. It was extremely refreshing. This light/medium bodied wine had a nice finish at around 26 seconds and paired well with my garlic chicken. At under $20 it’s a good buy. If you miss your cat and like Sauvignon Blanc, why not try the Mt. Beautiful and enjoy the gooseberry?
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While continuing to explore wine varietals, I found a delicious Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux, France. The 2017 Les Portes de Bordeaux, Appellation Bordeaux Controlee, is a dry Sauvignon Blanc with 12% alcohol. This easy drinking wine had a light straw color with lovely aromas of grass, grapefruit, and lime. On the palate there were additional notes of melon, apricot and a tad of gooseberry. It was well balanced, not too acidic and had a 19 second finish.
I paired it with a rosemary chicken, but felt it would go well with a light fish or mild goat cheese. At less than $8 at Trader Joes, this is a steal!
Sauvignon Blanc, is sometimes referred to as the “savage” white (derived from the French translation). Hailing originally from Bordeaux, France, it is also renowned in the Loire Valley in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume and is one of the Noble varieties. Now it’s grown around the world from South Africa to Chile and the USA to New Zealand, though New Zealand is where you’ll taste the very distinctive gooseberry notes. Sauvignon Blanc is also one of the parent varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon.
This week, I had the good fortune to try the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc from Javelina Leap. The wine has a lovely clear, pale straw color and an alcohol content of 14%. The nose opened with aromas of Kiwi and offered hints of mandarin and lychee. The palate had mouthwatering, refreshing acidity with notes of white peach, kiwi and dried pineapple. The finish was around 24 seconds and paired beautifully with my chicken and asparagus dish. This wine will be ideal for the hot summer months to come. It’s sure to tame the Savage Blanc within.
The 2016 Monsoon by Southwest Wine Center is a white wine as stunning as our Arizona storms. It contains 45% Malvasia Bianca, 45% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Viognier. It has a pale straw color, with medium acidity and intensity. The nose bursts with delicious notes of lychee, grapefruit, dried apricot and honeysuckle while the palate also includes a luscious honey/honeysuckle flavor. This dry and very refreshing wine offers a long finish at around 40 seconds. The alcohol content comes in at 12.8%.
I was a big fan of their Sunlight which won a Gold Medal and Best of Class Award at the 2017 Sunset International wine competition in Berkeley, California. I thoroughly enjoyed the new Monsoon. It’s unique from the Sunlight with added Sauvignon Blanc and different percentages of Malvasia Bianca and Viognier. A delightful wine to drink while watching our monsoons roll by.
Sue Schurgin, CSW, (Certified Specialist of Wine). WSET II, is the manager of Sedona Wine and Beer Tours. She loves wine and beer education and is also a Level 1 Sommelier.
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