The Wine: Finally (in Northern California), summer has arrived. Summer time means cold, refreshing white wine is bound to be on the table and new releases from last year’s vintage are making their way to market. Sauvignon Blanc is a wine best consumed sooner rather than later . I was particularly happy to seethe VINTJS stemming from Napa Valley, which I liked so much last year. However, I noticed a change in the name of cellar origin. Last year’s offering came from Maxwell Creek Cellars and this year’s is from JBA Cellars – however a visit to Tax and Trade Bureau confirms both wines are from the same ‘super’ origin. Thank you Internet! So how is this wine?
Color: Nice light hay/straw yellow.
Nose: (Directly from the fridge) Very bright and crisp pear, pineapple and little beer hoppyness; nice.
Palate: (Directly from the fridge) Pear, little grassyness, pineapple, flabby and a bit too ‘heavy’. Lime lingers on the finish. Lacks crisp acidity.
Bottom Line: Next-Wine-Please!/Give-A-Try
Fresh out of the fridge, the nose on this wine was so attractive. But as the wine warmed up, the nose lost some the bright pear and citrus notes and the palate just became flabby. I wish this wine had more acidity and crispness. I know last year was a cold growing season, then a massive heat spike a few weeks before harvest, I wonder how that affected this wine? At $7, I’d be more willing to try something else before I’d revisit this wine. But if you kept this wine ice cold, I think you’d enjoy this wine more. What did you think of this wine?