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Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Strange how wines change over the years. I’m not talking about a specific wine in a bottle but the evolution of an actual winery and their entire production. A number of years ago I was asked to try the wines from Taft Street Cellars. I tried them and then tried to forget them. To me they were just one more Californian wine trying to get rated. I didn’t like them then and didn’t buy them – ever. Yesterday I met the man behind the ‘Garage Door’ Mike Tierney and we set up table at 9:30am and went through pretty much every current vintage of his entire portfolio. Along the way I learnt that John Tierney and his friend Mike Martini set up shop in his garage and started making home brew in the 70’s. Being the 70’s in California I can only imagine what they put into it – brings a whole new dimension to dunking your cookie in a wine jar. High on the fun of making home brew (no implication intended) they started making real wine in 1982 in the Russian River Valley.

Fast forward to now and I will be the first to admit that drinking Taft Street at 9:30 was not something high on my list of todos. But it’s my job so I gritted my teeth and did it. And was very glad I did! Their present day wine-maker is Evelyn White. She’s ex Lyeth Winery and Clos du Bois and she really is making some very good juice at Taft. Rather than bore you with a detailed recant of all the wines I’ll highlight one here and one tomorrow.

Today’s wine: Taft Street Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely pale primrose color, gray/yellow/white liek the earlyt morning color on a fall day. Lovely aroma – flowers, yellow more pronounced like daffodils, more primrose, touch of orange blossom. On the palate very delicate. No nasty wood, no hint of oak. Subtle hint of gooseberry and fresh grass, nothing astringent nothing out of place. That was the key – here is a Californian Sauvignon with absoute perfect balance – let’s call her the Olga Korbut of Cali Sauvignon. This was a perfect 10 on all forms of apparatus – God I hope you remeber Olga Korbut and the ’72 Olympics – Munich. This Sauvignon was really good – has a lemony, slatey taste more like marble and very thirst quenching. I was impressed.

  • Producer: Taft Street Cellars
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Country: USA
  • Region: California/Russian River
  • Production: 1420 cases
  • Availability: Yes. $18.00pb $15.30pb on 12

Order: Ordering is simple. Click on the e-mail link below and tell me how many bottles you think you may want. We’ll figure out the rest from there and reply to your e-mail within 1 day.

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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in daily post

 

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Boulder Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2009

You don’t get to be the chief muckety muck and winemaker at Allied Domecq if you don’t know how to make wine – no matter how commercial the company is. You don’t have the responsibility of being overseer to wines such as Gary Farrell, Clos du Bois, William Hill to name just a few, if you don’t know how to make wine. And you don’t get to make your own wines in New Zealand and California if you don’t know how to make wine. Your name is Nick Goldschmidt and you learnt the text book stuff at a college called Wagga Wagga! Then you spent the rest of your life devoted to making, learning, and consulting for the very best, most passionate wine in the world.

Quite an intro for a $15.00 New Zealand sauvignon. Boulder Bank, made by Nick comes from vineyards in NZ’s Marlborough Valley – specifically the Kerseley vineyards on Opawa River – renowned as some of the best vineyard land in Marlborough. Put aside thoughts of commercial sauvignon blanc made now by the likes of Cloudy Bay and others – this is low yield, low production sauvignon at a wonderful price. Bright fruit on the palate – not too tropical but unmistakably NZ. Great length on the finish – literally minutes. Lovely acidity but again, not overwhelmingly green or gooseberry. This is a NZ white that is a treasure to find and to drink – loved it.

  • Producer: Boulder Bank Winery
  • Vintage: 2009
  • Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Region: Marlborough
  • Production: Small
  • Availability: Yes. $15.00 pb. $156.00 per case

Order: Ordering is simple. Click on the e-mail link below and tell me how many bottles you think you may want. We’ll figure out the rest from there and reply to your e-mail within 1 day.

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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in daily post

 

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Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

I get squeemish about New Zealand sauvignon’s. Cloudy Bay used to be a great sauvignon but greed and over porduction did ‘em in. Nowadays everyone seems to be making a Marlborough sauvignon and they are all trying to be the next Cloudy Bay. When you get to taste a wine that actually doesn’t resemble an overly sweet, exotically fruited grassy white from this region it’s quite a pleasent surprise. So go down to your local and ask for Dog Point. It’s not your typical NZ sauvignon. Yes, it’s grassy and yes it has some exotic fruit on it but with this one I could taste some clay notes, that sort of flat flavor reminiscent of running your tongue over a wet clay pebble. The nose is lovely – fresh, clean enticing and the flavors don’t saturate the inside of your mouth – they sort of bounce around like little Pac-Men. This is a lovely little sauvignon that makes a refreshing change from drinking Sancerre but also highlights the fact that with effort you still can find really well-made sauvignon in NZ.

I get squeamish about New Zealand sauvignon’s. Cloudy Bay used to be a great sauvignon but greed and over production did ‘em in. Nowadays everyone seems to be making a Marlborough sauvignon and they are all trying to be the next Cloudy Bay. When you get to taste a wine that actually doesn’t resemble an overly sweet, exotically fruited grassy white from this region it’s quite a pleasant surprise. So go down to your local and ask for Dog Point. It’s not your typical NZ sauvignon. Yes, it’s grassy and yes it has some exotic fruit on it but with this one I could taste some clay notes, that sort of flat flavor reminiscent of running your tongue over a wet clay pebble. The nose is lovely – fresh, clean enticing and the flavors don’t saturate the inside of your mouth – they sort of bounce around like little Pac-Men. This is a lovely little sauvignon that makes a refreshing change from drinking Sancerre but also highlights the fact that with effort you still can find really well-made sauvignon in NZ.

  • Producer: Dog Point Vineyard
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Region: South Island/Marlborough
  • Production: Decent
  • Availability: Yes. At Wine at Five. $23.00 per bottle. $220.00 per case ($18.33)

Order: Ordering is simple. Click on the e-mail link below and tell me how many bottles you think you may want. We’ll figure out the rest from there and reply to your e-mail within 1 day.

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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in daily post

 

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