2009 Silver Birch, Sauvignon Blanc

Up until this evening I had always wondered why grapefruit were called “Grape” fruit.  It never really made sense, but clearly the folks down in New Zealand, responsible for the creation of this 2009 Silver Birch, Sauvignon Blanc felt the need to express themselves with grapefruit.

2009, Silver Birch, Sauvignon Blanc — Octavin Home Bar 3L

Open Here
Open Here

The Nose:  Grapefruit

The Taste:  Grapefruit

The Mouth Feel:  Tart acidity and cheek watering, just a touch of a lingering mineral finish

The Color:  Pale Straw and light

The Nitty Gritty:
13% ABV
$22-$24 per 3L

no specific notes about acidity, but let’s just agree there must be a lot!

The Verdict:  While not supremely impressive or complex…  (actually it’s very one dimensional, did I mention the grapefruit thing?)  It is a reasonably drinkable wine, that tastes like grapefruit.  I still have slightly over 2.75 liters of this left, so I may just experiment with it a little.  I’m thinking a highball glass rimmed with salt and mixed with some vodka!

Looking down on Boxed Wine
Looking down on Boxed Wine

In all honesty though, it’s cold and fairly refreshing.  I’m guessing that this approachable wine might suit many a drinker looking to quench their thirst on a hot summer day.  I did pair this wine with some spicy chicken tacos and I must say that it fared decently with this dish.

In Vino Veritas:  This wine was provided to me as a professional sample with the intent of review.

2007 Rued, Sauvigonon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley

Just a quick wine review this time.  Paired this one up with the latest “Not Bad for a Thursday Night Dinner.”

I picked up this bottle a couple weekends ago on our wine tasting trip through Dry Creek Valley.  Rued was having a killer “sale” on their sauv blanc.  So it was a real no brainer.

2007 Rued, Dry Creek, Sauvigonon Blanc

The nose: Green apples and a slight hint of banana peel, like the inside of the banana peel, not the outside.  The banana peel really gets to me, it’s super subtle but I swear it’s in there.  Some minerality on the nose
The Taste: The apples come charging in here, crisp, fresh and green.  The flavors are really dancing on your tongue (well on mine anyhow)
The Mouth Feel: Light bodied wine, this would be a superior picnic vino, but paired well with my mirepoix chicken dinner
The Color: Light straw, pale yellow
The Nitty Gritty:
ABV 13.5 %
$16 Retail (0n their website https://www.ruedwinery.com/xe/xe.asp?page=viewitem&p=429&cat=wine) I believe we got it on sale for around $12 or so.

The Verdict: This wine is great.  A truly drinkable wine, I don’t know how much longer it’s got, not that it showed any signs of aging, but for an ’07 Sauv Blanc, great!

Points: 88
Steve Paulo Scale: B+