Wine To Go Buy This Week - Spottswoode Estate 2014 Sauvignon Blanc – 90 Points

Spottswoode Estate has long been one of those wineries that receives high acclaim but less commensurate public attention. Winemaker Aron Weinkauf crafts beautiful expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, but also an impressive Sauvignon Blanc. Comprised of 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Sauvignon Musque from six different vineyard sites in Napa, Sonoma and Carneros, his creation is an inviting wine.

1961 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1961
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$1900.00USD

What a treat to taste this wine that was opened by a friend for his 60th birthday.  While perhaps not the best vintage for sauternes (great red vintages seldom are), this was still outstanding.  The color of iced tea (sort of red/brown/orange) clear and bright.  The nose is nice with apricots, honey and cashews.  Viscous.  Very slightly sweet.  Medium bodied.  Moderate acidity.  On the palate, orange peel with some honey.  Long finish.  This should continue to drink well for the  next fifteen to twenty years.  It probably deserves to be consumed on its own or better yet, with birthday cake

2010 Château Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
94
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$50.00USD

From a 375ml bottle.  Amber/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great.  Pineapples, honey and an herbal note.  Slightly sweet (but less than expected).  Good acidity.  Viscous.  On the palate, oranges and honey.  Long finish.  Very tasty.  This went well at the end of the evening all on its own but will work well with citrus or less sweet baked desserts.  Drinking great now, this will drink well over the  next twenty years.  

1972 Château Doisy-Dubroca, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Barsac, Wine Reiew

Vintage: 
1972
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-

This is apparently available in the market and I would love to know the back story.  The 1973 has been reviewed a couple time here recently as well.  It has a Rose/pink/orange color to it, clear and bright.  The nose has apricots, butterscotch and caramel.  Viscous.  On the palate the apricots and butterscotch come thru.  Solid acidity.  Nice finish.  This is very nice and drinking well at age 49.  This would be a great birth year wine for anyone born in 1972.  It would work well with blue cheese or just in a glass by itself.  

2020 Maison Lorgeril L'Orangeraie Sauvignon Blanc, France, Pays D'OC, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$16.00USD

This is an inexpensive Sauvignon Blanc from France.  Pale golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is a bit grassy with oranges.  Light to medium bodied with a slightly oily texture.  On the palate, minerals and slight orange as well.  A bit of menthol on the finish.  Moderate acidity.  This is a bit of a different showing for a Sauvignon Blanc but very enjoyable.  It drinks well on its own and would work nicely with lighter foods.  A citrus salad would be nice.  Drink over the next year.  

2018 Château Malartic-Lagravière Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Pesac-Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

This is 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon.  Pale silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is interesting with pine, pears and apples and a bit of minerality.  On the palate, pears, slight candied lemon and a bit of menthol on the finish.  This has a lovely full bodied texture without giving up its acidity or cut.  Solid finish.  Drink this over the next five to eight years.  It will work well with lighter and medium bodied foods.  It will work well with a Goat cheese and Beet salad.  

2019 Desparada Sauvignon Blanc Fragment, USA, California, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$26.00USD

This is an interesting take on Sauvignon Blanc.  Made in Paso Robles but carrying a California AVA.  Light gold in color with a touch of green.  On the nose grapefruit and lemon/lime with slight minerality.  Light bodied.  On the palate, the lemon/lime come thru with a touch of ginger.  Slight bitterness on the finish.  This is drinking well now and should for another five to eight years.  Probably not the type of Sauvignon Blanc to serve at a party to those looking for big fruit, it will work better with lunch or a light dinner.  A sea food salad would work well.  

2016 Château d'Yquem, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$360.00USD

Always a privilege to be able to drink Yquem.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  Great nose with honey, slight caramel, apricots, slight pineapple and slight ginger.  Full bodied.  Viscous.  Sweet not cloying with good acidity.  On the palate, honey, slight mandarin orange, apricots and a bit of burnt sugar.  Long, long, finish.  Stunning if young.  Drink this over the next fifty years.  This will work with some desserts but really deserves to be served on its own.  It will improve a bit as it matures.  

2020 Simi Sauvignon Blanc, USA, California, Sonoma, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

This has 99% Sauvignon Blanc and 1% Semillon.  A nice refreshing wine that is a great summer aperitif.  Very pale, slivery green in color.  The nose is interesting with orange citrus and lemon zest notes.  A nice, slightly creamy texture.  On the palate, flavors of grapefruit and grapefruit zest.  Some warmth on the finish.  With a bit of air, a Sweet-Tart quality comes out which is enjoyable.  This drinks nicely on its own but worked with tomato Bruschetta.  Drink over the next year.  Nice value.  

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