Brancott Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Brancott Reserve Sauvignon BlancAlthough I often say that Chilean sauvignon blanc is my favorite, New Zealand is right up there too.  And, to cut to the chase, this Brancott sauvignon blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand really kicks ass.
Those who know me, know that I’m always critical of myself.  I constantly question my performance at work, play, or whatever I do, which motivates me to study more, practice more and use rigorous processes around everything that I do.  Some might consider this to be neurotic, but knowing about the Dunning-Kruger look, I consider self doubt to be a excellent thing.
I mention all that to say that my self doubt also comes into play when I’m reviewing wines.  I spend a excellent 15-20 minutes per wine when I’m taking tasting notes to be sure that I’m doing justice to the wines.  And when I taste a really excellent or really terrible one, I come back to try it again before long to make sure that I wasn’t just having a fluke moment with my palate.  Yet, with all this self doubt I do have some validating moments that reassure me that I’m doing things right — or at least consistent with others — and reviewing this wine was one of those moments.
I first tasted this wine as a part of a blind tasting and it instantly stood out to me as an outstanding wine.  I finished up giving it 91 points. I shared it with some colleagues the next day, along with a few additional wines, and I told them that this one was exceptional.  I didn’t even realize until a few moments ago, when I sat down to write up this post, that this wine was #28 on Wine Spectator’s top 100 list from last year.  They gave it a 92.  I’m glad to see that we’re aligned on this one and it does give me some validation to see that my rating is pretty consistent with one of the established “authorities” on wine.
The fee of this wine might be toward the top end of the fee range for bargain hunters, but it might be worth a few extra bucks if you’re into sauvignon blanc. Read more