Saturday, July 14, 2012
Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Sauvignon blanc is a white wine that is famous in France and New Zealand, with California also making its mark. But if this sample from Washington is any indication, there’s a new kid on the fine wine block.
Horse Heaven Hills is a wine region east of the Cascade Mountains along the Columbia River, where irrigation is used to provide precise watering for the volcanic-based, sandy loam soil.
Most of this wine is fermented in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit character, and the remainder is barrel-fermented in oak.
The result is a zesty, fresh and crisp wine with a tasty blend of citrus and orchard fruits; it’s a delightful, thirst-quenching sipper.
Sherry: “Dry lime and grapefruit with floral notes.” 3-1/2 stars
Chris: “Notes of melon with grapefruit and green apple.” 3-1/2 stars
Available locally for about $13.
Coming next week: Serena red
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