Tasting Notes: Governors Bay Sauvignon Blanc

I apologize for the delay in posting. Our housework was delayed due to poor weather and we did not have access to any wine necessities. It was terrible! I'm just kidding about it being terrible because now we have beautiful new floors and a fresh coat of paint in the house, but I am glad to be back to regular programming!

This is the third wine from my Total Wine 2015 Challenge. Not sure I will get to taste them all before 2015 ends (how is it December already?!), but at least it's progress!

The Facts

  • Producer: Governors Bay
  • Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $11.99
  • Eyes: This sauvignon blanc is very light in color, a very pale yellow. It looked to be very light bodied, or very light in viscosity. 
     
  • Nose: This wine was VERY fragrant. A strong nose of citrus -- definitely some grapefruit. I also smelled a hint of apple and pear. 
     
  • Mouth: I knew based off of the smell that this wine would have a strong citrus flavor, and I was not wrong. Others note a big gooseberry flavor, but to be honest, I have no idea what a gooseberry tastes like so I will have to take their word for it (and eventually try a gooseberry so I know). Gooseberry is very characteristic of sauvignon blancs from Marlborough. There was definitely some acidity to this wine... I could tell based on the fact that acidity in wine makes your mouth water after the sip. I would say the acidity almost made the wine tart, but it wasn't overwhelming in my opinion.
     
  • Thoughts: I'm still learning to really enjoy whites, but this one was easy to drink and is characteristic of whites I have started to like. It was crisp, and in my opinion, refreshing. I tend to like the lighter and fruity (citrus, apple, etc) wines more so than the "heavy", buttery, oaky chardonnays, so this one was a win in my book. At this price point, it is definitely on my list for when summer returns!

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Tasting Notes: Olema Chardonnay

This is the second wine from my Total Wine 2015 Challenge. So far so good!

The Facts

  • Producer: Amici Cellars
  • Region: Sonoma, California
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Variety: Chardonnay
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $15.99
  • Eyes: Nice light golden color, maybe even more yellow than golden. Pours like a medium body.
     
  • Nose: This wine smells very fruit forward. I definitely smelled apple and pear. I didn't get any hint of oakiness on the nose.
     
  • Mouth: Just like the smell, I definitely tasted apple and pear. I felt like it was pretty crisp and fresh for a chardonnay. There is a little bit of "butter", but as my husband put it, "not as buttery as some of the other crappier chardonnays I've had." To put it more eloquently, I would say it is "medium butter", if that is a thing. Good acidity, balanced. Upon further research, I saw descriptors like zesty, melon, marzipan, candied lemon, and light oakiness.
     
  • Thoughts: I think this is a great introduction to the world of chardonnay. Its "medium butter" and light oakiness aren't overwhelming to someone unfamiliar with the flavor profile. I typically don't care for oaky and buttery whites, and I found this one to be tasty. It is a good value at under $20, although I probably wouldn't get it for an "every day" white. I think this is best served during a nice weekend meal or as a host/hostess gift for someone who enjoys chardonnays or whites!

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Tasting Notes: Happy Camper Cabernet

The Facts

  • Producer: Happy Camper Vineyards
  • Region: California
  • Vintage: 2013
  • Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $8.99

This is the first wine from my Total Wine 2015 Challenge.

  • Eyes: Deep red color. Seems like a medium body wine based on the pour and look of wine the glass. Wine was less opaque than others I have had.
     
  • Nose: Fruit forward, red fruit. Definitely some cherry. Hint of spice, maybe pepper. 
     
  • Mouth: Fairly smooth for an inexpensive cab, but also some tannin which provides a "depth" that I find most inexpensive cabs lack. Medium body; lighter viscosity than other cabs.
     
  • Thoughts: Very surprised by this cab, especially considering it was less than $9 after my coupon. Another note about this wine is that it was a screwtop which is VERY convenient if you're out and about somewhere... say, camping! If your taste preferences lean toward full-bodied, bold cabs, then I would shy away. However, if you like something lighter and cheap for "every day" wines, or if you're new to cabs, then I would definitely add this one to your "to try" list!

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