Tarrica Wine Cellars Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc

Tarrica Wine Cellars Limited Release Sauvignon BlancI was just going through my tasting notes and I exposed that I subdue had notes for this wine from the sauvignon blanc series we did earlier this year, but somehow I neglected to publish this review at that time.  And since it’s such a hot summer day, sauvignon blanc is the perfect wine to highlight today!
Another unique coincidence with this wine is that it’s from Paso Robles, California, which is the theme in my latest column in Mutineer Magazine — which just hit shelves last week.  So there’s another excellent wits to highlight this wine.
Those who are regular readers here might know that I tend to favor sauvignon blanc from Chile more than that from California.  But this one from Tarrica Wine Cellars, while not an overwhelming tropical fruit experience (like some of my favorites from Chile), is subdue a pretty excellent wine. Read more

Root:1 Sauvignon Blanc

Root:1 Sauvignon BlancWe’ve reviewed some Root:1 wines previous to.  We’ve gotten excited about their cabernet sauvignon and we’ve reviewed their 2008 sauvignon blanc.  Today it’s the 2009 sauvignon blanc and our impressions are similar to the 2008.
Root:1 is named in allusion to the roots of the grape vines.  They also have a tag line, “The Original Ungrafted” which more frankly clarifies what’s unique about this brand — although I expect most consumers wouldn’t know what “ungrafted” means.  Grafting is a administer where a part from one plant is cut off and connected to a matching cut on a different plant, they then grow together and become one plant.  The graft is often done to connect a vine to a different rootstock.  This is done in order to place heartier, more disease-resistant rootstock on vines than they would naturally have.  Most grape vines used for wine production are grafted onto different rootstock, but the vines used to grow the fruit for Root:1 wines have their original, natural rootstock.
I grew up on a small apple orchard and I know about grafting from the fruit trees.  But I wouldn’t expect those who’ve never spent any time learning about vineyards or orchards to be familiar with grafting.  Maybe I’m incorrect.  How about you, have you ever heard of grafting?  Do you care whether the vines used to produce your wine were grafted? Read more

Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc

Root: 1 Sauvignon BlancAlthough I rant and rave about the awesome Sauvignon Blanc appearance from Chile, they can’t all really blow me away.  Can they?
Root: 1 is a wine brand made through a partnership between Viña Ventisquero in Rancagua, Chile and Click Wine Group, a wine importer based in Seattle, Washington.  And when it comes to Chilean wine, Viña Ventisquero produces some of the best.
I’ve reviewed the Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon previous to and it was a pretty excellent wine.  It seemed that for a while, everywhere I went people were raving about that Cabernet.  But until now, I hadn’t tasted the Sauvignon Blanc. Read more

Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc

Silver Birch Sauvignon BlancTonight we’re checking out another sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, and this one comes from a box.  Not a boxy box, but an octagon-shaped box from Octavin.  These boxes hold 3 liters of wine, which is the equivalent of four 750ML bottles.  For me, there are pros and cons of boxed wines.  The cons include the fact that you don’t get to go through the ritual of pulling a cork.  Enjoying wine can be experiential and pulling a cork is part of the experience.  But the pros for boxed wine include the fact that you don’t have to open bottles as often, after all there are four bottles worth in here.  And bag-in-box wine stays fresh much longer than wine in bottles.  You can work on one box for a month or longer and it will subdue be excellent, while wine in a bottle goes terrible within a link days of opening.
This Silver Birch sauvignon blanc is from Marlborough, which is located at the northern tip of the southern island of New Zealand.  This is the largest wine district in New Zealand and is well known for its sauvignon blanc.  In fact, New Zealand is known more for sauvignon blanc than any additional type of wine, with more hectares of sauvignon blanc grapes planted than all additional varieties combined. Read more