Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Marlborough, New Zealand
There’s a green tint to this white wine, which is intriguing—no, it doesn’t take much to intrigue me. The nose is strongly herbal, tarragon mixed in with some peach notes. I can taste the peach also, but it’s quickly subsumed by that herbal flavor while sipping. It’s not as licorice-like as tarragon so . . . marjoram? The wine gets dry as it goes down, accompanied by a wash of vanilla.
This white wine is a bit sweeter than is usually my preference for whites, but it is very good, so I can overlook that easily.
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Screw Kappa Napa (S/K/N) Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Napa Valley, CA
First, I just have to say that I love the brand name Screw Kappa Napa. It’s so much fun to say and seems wittier than it is, really, kind of like my nom de plume. Plus, the label has a pretty raised pattern that you might not be able to see in the picture, and I dig the fresh, clean design of their initials with slashes. Seriously, the little things do count. Or at least entertain.
The smell of this wine was all green apple. I could taste its peel on first sip, which gave way to more of a braised pear note, with vanilla cream and white cranberries. It is mildly sweet, dry, and fleetingly tart.
This is a good, lingering white wine.
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