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.

1970 Château Lapinesse, France, Bordeaux, Sauternes, Barsac, Wine Review

Vintage: 
1970
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B

This is a new winery for me.  At age 52, it still has some life left although I am sure past prime.  It is the color of iced tea.  The nose has some oranges and slight honey.  Medium bodied.  Some sweetness although most has faded.  The palate has some apricot and honey.  Enough acidity to carry some food.  Drink up.  It will work nicely with a plain sponge cake.  

Flora Springs 2021 Soliloquy

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

For 35 years Soliloquy has been the flagship white wine from Flora Springs in Napa. The wine bursts with grapefruit, lemon, lime kefir, lychee, and back notes of resin, white peach, Asian pear and mango. The acidity holds the wine and fruit in check while allowing it to be a companion with a diversity of food. It’s comprised of 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Chardonnay and 15% Malvasia and a brief seven months of aging in French oak rounds it out. This is a consistently solid wine and year after year is worth seeking out. 605 cases. ORIGIN: Napa Valley. ALCOHOL: 14.2%

2020 Cave de la Petite Fontaine Sancerre Cuvee Prestige, France, Loire, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

This is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France.  Golden in color, clear and bright.  The nose has minerality, salinity and slight cat pee notes.  Light bodied.  On the palate, lemon/lime notes.  Good acidity.  Some depth.  This works better with a bit of food.  A roasted beet & goat cheese salad would be nice.  Drink over the next couple years.  

2021 Weinbau & Heuriger Stoiber Sauvignon Blanc Ried Wachtberg, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+

Green/gold in color.  The nose has some tropical fruits along with some minerality.  Good acidity.  On the palate, this is dry.  Tart Mango fruit with some minerality.  Good finish.  This is easy drinking on its own and will work with lighter foods.  Chicken salad would be a nice choice.  Drink over the next five years.  

2021 Weinhof Kohl F. Kohl Sauvignon Blanc, Austria, Vulkanland Styria DAC, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$9.00USD

This is a very interesting Sauvignon Blanc that worked well with lunch sitting outside on a hot afternoon.  Ordered off the menu at Go! Wein in Vienna, Austria.  Silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is more new world than old.  A bit grassy, a bit sugary with a chervil note.  Medium bodied.  Dry on the palate.  Notes of lemon and lime.  Moderate acidity with no bite.  Good finish.  It went well with a mushroom in dough dish and also spaetzle and cheese.  Drink over the next couple of years.  

2021 Flora Springs Soliloquy White, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$60.00USD

This is a blend of 73% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Malvasia and 12% Chardonnay from Napa.  Having tasted the last few vintages, this just keeps getting better and better.  One of my favorite white wines from Napa.  Green/silvery/gold in color, clear and bright.  The nose is great with tropical fruits, slight grassy note, and a bit of spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, peach guava, with slight chalk.  Good balance.  Long finish.  Drink over the next five to seven years.  This great on its own and would work well with trout or tuna off the grill.

2021 Tabalí Sauvignon Blanc Talinay, Chile, Valle De Limari, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2021
Score: 
90
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$24.00USD

Silvery in color with some very pale gold.  Very tight at the beginning, it slowly opened after a few hours.  Minerals and saline, and eventually some grapefruits.  Medium to full bodied.  Very interesting on the palate.  Tight at first, slowly it shows some minerality and eventually some grapefruits and finally a bit of lime.  Also a hint of maybe chalk.  Very refreshing.  This drinks great with or without food.  It really would work well with oysters.  Drink over the next five years.  

2020 Viña Morandé Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard, Chile, D.O. Casablanca Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2020
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

This is a more "serious" take on Sauvignon Blanc which can sometimes be too much, but it works here.  Yellow gold in color, slightly cloudy.  On the nose there is some grapefruit, spice/oak, and a bit of honey.  Medium to full bodied.  Good acidity but still round at the edges.  On the palate, grapefruit, peach, ginger and spice.  A bit of lemons on the finish.  This drinks well on its own but can hold up to quite a bit of foods.  Grilled trout would be a nice match.  

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