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.

2016 Château Climens, France, Bordeaux, Barsac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
96
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

Always a treat to try this wine which is one of the best, if not the best, wines made in Barsac (next to Sauternes).  This is young but gorgeous.  Light golden in color.  The nose is so pretty with cantaloupe and honey and a slight salinity.  On the palate, this is sweet, not cloying with an unctuous texture.  A nice bit of acidity to keep it lively though not a lot.  The melon and honey come thru to the palate along with some apricot.  Long finish.  This will easily last another 25 years or more if well stored.  It drinks great on its own but also would work well with a less sweet (and non

2017 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Le Petit Blanc, France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Leognan, Wine Reviewc

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$40.00USD

This was consumed against a 2016 La Carte de Haut Brion Blanc and the crowd seemed split.  Although these are very similar wines on paper, they were quite different in the glass and everyone seemed to have a clear favorite.  An 80/20 split of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.  This is a rounder, softer wine with a bigger profile.  It is light golden in color.  The nose has plenty of vanilla with some lemon creme and a slight floral quality.  On the palate, this is soft with tart red apples and some peach.  A bit of minerality.  Nice finish.  This is drinking well now although I don't know that

2016 La Clarté de Haut-Brion Blanc, USA, France, Bordeaux, Pessac-Léognan, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$85.00USD

What an outstanding wine.  This is the second wine of Haut Brion Blanc.  My first time trying this.  it is a blend of 76.3% Sémillon and 23.7% Sauvignon Blanc.  It has a silvery/pale yellow/gold color to it.  Very pretty nose with lemons, chervil and minerals.  On the palate, the lemons come thru along with some vanilla and minerality.  Very crisp with nice acidity.  Pin point focus.  Of course this is very young, but it is delicious.  On a warm summer evening, this goes down very easily.  This is expensive and as good as this is now, it should improve.  I would cellar for three to five yea

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.  

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