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.

1989 Château Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1989
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$55.00USD

Always a pleasure to taste an aged Sauternes from a top producer.  This is iced tea in color.  The nose is slightly oxidized with honeys and slight apricots both fresh and dried.  On the palate, this is thinner than expected.  Slightly sweet.  Tastes of slightly burnt honey (in a good way).  Long finish.  This is cetainly past prime but still provides a lot of enjoyment.  It probably should be consumed sooner than later.  It will work well on its own or with a not too sweet fruit dessert.  

2006 Château Suduiraut "S" de Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux

Vintage: 
2006
Score: 
85
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Deep golden on color, not quite brown.  The nose has some slight smoke, slight lime and some walnut.  On the palate, this is slightly oily.  Some lanolin.  Not much if any fruit left.  Slightly bitter on the finish.  I found it drinkable and interesting.  Certainly over the hill, but not dead yet.  Those more sensitive to oxidation had more issues with it.  It certainly was far more oxidized than the 2009 consumed alongside it.  

2009 Château Suduiraut "S" de Suduiraut, France, Bordeaux, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2009
Score: 
88
Grade: 
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

Light golden in color.  The nose has smoke, lanolin and lemon peel.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, a slightly oily texture.  Limes.  Slight depth.  Slightly bitter on the finish.  At age eleven this is drinking well but probably past prime.  It will last but it seems to be losing its fruit.  Probably best to drink now.  Will work with lighter food, perhaps chicken salad.  

2005 Château Guiraud, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$38.00USD

This is always a nice value in Sauternes.  Its good without being crazy priced and in 2005, they rocked.  Light golden in color.  The nose has honey, pineapple, slight peach a ginger.  Slightly viscous.  The palate is sweet without being flabby.  Honey and peaches.  Clean finish.  This is drinking well now and should continue for the  next fifteen years.  A nice match with a peach cobbler or less sweet fruit dessert.  

2005 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Graves, Pessac-Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2005
Score: 
95
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$85.00USD

This house may be better known now for their reds, but they make some fantastic whites as well.  And, as this bottle shows, they can be quite age worthy.  Medium golden in color.  The nose is nice with lemons, lemon peel, along with spice and vanilla.  There is a fair amount of oak still on the nose.  On the palate, plenty of lemons, slight wax, vanilla and spice.  Mild oak tannins.  Long finish.  There is still plenty of fruit left but also plenty of oak.  This should continue to slowly age out from here, but won't get any better.  Good finish.  This will work well with salmon or roasted d

2010 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2010
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$116.00USD

This is a white Bordeaux from the heart of the Graves region where some of the best white wines come from.  It is a blend of 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon.  This is truly a wonderful wine that is just starting to get close to its peak.  Light golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose is gorgeous.  Slightly waxy with pears, a touch of honey and citrus.  Very clean.  On the palate, this has just a bit of viscosity.  Lots of pears, slight apricot/honey and slight vanilla.  It is dry with good balance and acidity.  Lots of depth.  Long finish.  Probably at its peak for the next ten ye

2014 Domaine Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés, France, Loire Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2014
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

Both Francis and Pascal Cotat wineries make some of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world.  These are age worthy white wines that are truly unique expressions.  This one, while still young, was singing with a bit of air.  Light golden in color with some green hues.  The nose has chalk, gun powder, and pear notes.  Just a hint of caramel.  On the palate, this has a whiff of sweetness; just ever so slightly off dry.  The pears carry thru and the gun powder turns more smoky.  This is deep and complex.  It went quite well with a creamy tomato soup.  This likely will continue to improve for ano

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