The Cellar: Inexpensive Summer Sauvignon Blancs
Friday, May 31, 2013
The grapes for this week’s first Sauvignon Blanc are sourced from vineyards located in the rolling hills of Santa Barbara County. The vineyards are located not far from the ocean. The cool breezes
A lot is done during the winemaking process to keep the wine as fresh as possible. For example, the wine is kept cold and in sealed stainless steel tanks so as to minimize oxidation. This wine is made ‘Marlborough style’; crisp and clean wine with noticeable grapefruit and grassy notes. Simple and delicious and great at $10 a pop.
The Beach House white is not a super complicated wine, but light, refreshing and easy-drinking, with straight-forward and delicious fruit. What I like about this wine is that it comes across as being well-made. A burst of citrus fruit givers way to a slightly herbaceous mid-palate. It finishes with nice lingering tropical fruit notes. This is a wine for the pool. For under $10 I consider this a good value.
Probably the $10’ish Sauvignon Blanc of which I have consumed the most so far this season is from Babich. Their 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is just a great value. Not only did Babich earn a Double Gold
Babich is a family owned and operated winery. It was founded by 21 year-old Croatian immigrant Josip Petroc Babich in 1916 and has grown to quite the Estate. They produce a lot of good wines ranging from entry-level variety wines to serious blends and single vineyard offerings. While many of their wines haven’t made it to our shores yet their Sauvignon Blanc has. This is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – think fresh cut grassy and gooseberries with considerable minerality. This is not ‘over-the-top’ grassy and limey, but perfectly balanced and delicious.
Steffen Rasch is a Certified Sommelier and Specialist of Wine. Feel free to email him at [email protected] with any wine-related question. Follow GoLocalProv’s Wine Cellar on Facebook to stay connected to the local wine scene or sign up for one of his tastings through the Providence Wine Academy.
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