This was accidently added to a tasting of Loire Cabernet Franc. It is of course, Pinot Noir. Certainly not a fair way to sample the wine as it was only after the wines were unveiled that the mistake was identified. A couple people did say it was Pinot like which is very impressive. Still, here is the tasting note.
Purchased off the list at The Arbor in Pasadena. This is Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. Light golden in color with slight green hues. The nose is nice with a slight grassy note but also a slight tropical fruit note. Light bodied. Slightly sweet, but just a hint. Good finish. This is a lovely way to start a meal and was popular with everyone at the table. Drink over the next year or so.
This was a delightful Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. Stylistically, it had a bit of new world characteristics which was interesting. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is nice with some grassiness and some tropical fruits. Medium bodied. On the palate, this is tasty with some depth. Tropical fruits with some minerality. Nice finish. Drink over the next few years. This would work well with fish tacos.
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.
This is a Pinot Noir based Rose from the Loire Valley in France. Very refreshing at 13% abv. Light salmon/pink/orange in color, clear and bright. Medium bodied. Lightly viscous. On the palate, a bit of a sweet tart note along with some tart orange notes especially on the finish. This wine will work better with some food to tame the acidity. A summertime watermelon and feta cheese salad would be perfect. Drink over the next year or two.
These wines are some of my favorite expressions of Sauvignon Blanc from anywhere. At age 9, this is still on the young side but drinking well. Green/gold in color, clear and bright. The nose has limes, minerals, salinity and slight hay notes. Medium bodied. Crisp acidity. On the palate, tart limes, slight yellow grapefruit with underlying minerals. Long finish. Delicious. This drinks well on its own and will work well with seafood or lighter salads. Drink over the next ten to twelve years.
This wine is just starting to come into its own. A gorgeous showing for this Sauvignon Blanc from France. Light golden in color, clear and bright. The nose is pretty with melon, peaches and minerality. Medium bodied. Crisp yet welcoming at the same time. Great balance. Depth and complexity. The peach notes are stronger on the palate along with a chalkiness. Long finish. Just delicious. This sill work great with seafood or lighter pasta dishes and of course, on its own. No hurry, this seems like it is in middle age and will easily got another ten to twelve years.
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