Tasting Notes: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

Guys, it's almost JUNE. Where did the year go?! How is it already (almost) summer time? Some of you may be excited for the new season and others are likely in mild shock like I am. While I can't believe it, the weather outside is forcing me to come to terms. We've been lucky enough to get some beautiful days recently, but I've already felt the heat and the summer storms have been around all week. What's a plus side to the warmer days? Getting to enjoy some chilled white wines! 

The Facts

  • Producer: Starborough
  • Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Where I purchased: Grocery Store -  Harris Teeter. You can also find it at Total Wine. 
  • Price: $10.99
Starborough Sauv Blanc
  • Eyes: First off, I thought the label was pretty cool. I try not to choose a wine based on the label because I think they can be very deceptive, but I do like this one. Sauvignon Blancs have some of the best labels in my opinion because they're usually bright and fun. Anyway, I digress. You can kind of tell from the picture above, but once I poured a glass, this wine is so pale that it's almost white or clear. 
     
  • Nose: Smells just like what you would expect from a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! It smells citrusy, and I specifically think it smells like grapefruit. There's a hint of that herbal, grassy smell that often accompany wines from this area. I also got a slight whiff of peach, but citrus was front and center. Bottom line is it smelled good! 
     
  • Mouth: Crisp, light, refreshing. Exactly what we were looking for! The citrus notes came through, but wasn't overpoweringly acidic. It was super easy to drink and perfect for those who want that zing of an acidic white. I desperately want to say "gooseberry" because everyone always uses that descriptor for Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, but I have no idea what that tastes like. I might as well be this guy. Gooseberries, you elude me for now, but I'll find you some day.
     
  • Thoughts: If you like Sauvignon Blancs, this one is a great choice because it is a classic example of the wine from Marlborough. It's affordable, tasty, and would be perfect for a drink on the patio during a warm summer's evening or paired with a light afternoon picnic (hello, screwtop!). Kevin and I actually bought it to make this chicken piccata recipe, and it paired very well with the lemon and parsley in the dish (don't judge my amount of pasta). This type of Sauvignon Blanc would go well with any poultry (avoid the cream sauce, though) and would go especially well with veggies. Also, just a random thing to note, 2016 was apparently a very good vintage for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, so keep that in mind while shopping!

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Tasting Notes: Tilia Malbec

The Facts

  • Producer: TILIA Wines
  • Region: Mendoza, Argentina
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Malbec
  • Where I purchased: Harris Teeter
  • Price: $11.99
  • Eyes: This wine was between a medium red color and a deep purple It was opaque... I tried to read my existing notes through the wine and couldn't! There were distinguished legs which indicates it's higher in alcohol. I didn't think to look at the alcohol percentage on the label to corroborate. 
     
  • Nose: This wine definitely had fruit aromas on the nose. I picked up on dark red fruits like plum and black fruit like blueberries. The wine also had a smoky smell to it... it wasn't overwhelming but there was definitely a tobacco and smoke aroma going on.
     
  • Mouth: The first thing I noticed was the smoky taste. I don't know if was on the forefront of my mind because of the nose, but that is definitely what I picked up on immediately. I think the smokiness is what added a spice to the wine. The black fruit also came through with flavors of black cherry and raisins. I realize that raisins aren't really black fruit, but I'm throwing it in there anyway. There was a bitterness to the wine that surprised me. I am not sure what caused it, but the finish was definitely not smooth and supple like the bottle described.
     
  • Thoughts: To put it frankly, this wine was not my favorite. The bitter finish threw me off and I am not really a fan of smoky things. If you do like smoky things then this may be the wine for you!  The one upside is that it's a screw-top... I travel quite a bit for work and sometimes I like to get an inexpensive bottle for the week. I often forget a wine opener, so I always look at the screw-top wines since it's really my only option. I have another Malbec in this price point that I prefer**, so this one will most likely not a be one I purchase again.

    **I will be opening this wine tomorrow as the start of a new "Friday Favorites" series, so be on the lookout!

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