Starborough – 2012 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Starborough

What would a hot, steamy summer day be without a cold, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc?  Aaahhh….I can almost taste it as I write….

A friend just introduced me to this fabulous wine – and my friend knows wine.  She also knows that I really have grown to enjoy a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and thought I’d find this one to be really interesting and really enjoyable.  Needless to say, it delivered on all counts.

The aromas on this wine started with some of the expected citrus notes – lemon and grapefruit were the first to waft up.  But then my nose was tantalized by a really lovely green aroma – sort of pine, sort of boxwood, and other green herb.  It was magical and delicious that demanded a taste.  The flavors were bright and exciting.  The acidity was so nicely balanced with the citrus and herb flavors, and hints of passionfruit and other tropicals did not go unnoticed.  I am very sure I found a new summer favorite with this wine.  It paired so well with summer crudites of fresh vegetables, hummus, and kale salad.  This wine is also something I would consider a best buy – a very reasonably priced wine that tastes like a splurge.  Enjoy!

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Domaine Drouhin – 2007 Arthur Chardonnay

A special moment begs for a special wine, and this wine was a perfect choice for our anniversary dinner.  The golden straw color draws you in, and the first aromas were a delight to the senses.  In the air were delicate florals that danced around the honey-kissed fruits.  The fruit was a beautiful blend of light citrus and the tiniest bit of stone fruit.  And my first sip….absolutely lovely.  The smoothness of this wine was absolutely memorable.  The balance was amazing.  The very light acidity was in perfect balance with the honey butter flavor.  The citrus was soft but refreshing, with meyer lemon that softly lingered through the long finish.  This wine made the perfect pairing with a sampling of fish preparations that ranged from a smoked trout with whiskey cream, to crab and lobster en croute.  I look forward to my next bottle of this wonderful wine.