Thomond Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009

More stock dumping by wineonline.ie in their recent pot luck sale.

A 7 year old Signature Sauvignon Blanc, signed by some Munster Legends. I wonder if they knew what they were signing.

Like Munster Rugby, this wine has past it’s best. Hopefully Johan Erasmus’ recent appointment will restore Munster’s reputation, sadly it won’t help this stale liquid that tastes as if it was made from grapes grown on the Fields of Athenry.

Vinarstvi Krasna Hora, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

Sunday 8th

A light watery Sauvignon Blanc but we enjoyed it at dinner nonetheless.

Benziger Family Glen Ellen Winery Tour & Tasting, Sonoma Valley

A very pleasant tour through their “Demeter certified Biodynamic” vineyard and extensive new eco-Cellars. We also witnessed the start of the crush and their new super duper optical grape sorting camera-laser machine.

There is an interesting desplay at the entrance to the vineyard with explains their BioDynamic philosopny which takes an originally organic ethos to a new level through all aspects of the business (http://www.benziger.com/winegrowing-practices).

The wines we tasted were:

new 2012 Signaterra “West Rows” Chardonnay

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We tasted this sheltering from the sun under a tree in the vineyard – more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a traditional Oaked Chardonnay, this was a crisp drop with a hint of Melon nose. $32.

2012 Signaterra “La Reyna”Pinot Noir

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Light, cherry fruit with a hint of spice. €49

2011 Oonapais Sonoma Mountain Red

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Names after one of their plots this had tints of Leather and Coffee. $49

2013 Frank Johnson Sauvignon Blanc

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A typical ‘agrume’ Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon, Lime and Apple orchard. $26

2011 Winemaker’s Bend

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A blend of 6 varietals from the various plots, more leather and coffee with a plum nose. Lesley’s favourite. $42

2011 Signaterra “Three Blocks” Cabernet Sauvignon

The star for me: black fruits with a dry finish and great mouthfeel. $49.

 

 

 

 

Rios de Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, 2013

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A first: wine specially selected by a Petrol Station which probably says more for Applegreen’s aspirations that my wine snobbery.

Very crisp, compact and tarty Sauvignon from the Valle Central in Chile.

Good party wine I guess.

One of a bring from Ian to his fifth decade bash.

Good write-up here:

http://www.sauvblanc.org/sauvignon-blanc-review-2013-rios-de-chile-sauvignon-blanc-reserva-d-o-casablanca-valley-chile/

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