Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wine Of The Week

The Wine Of The Week this week is Morrow Bay Split Oaks Estate Sauvignon Blanc "Sur Lie" 2009. The winemakers employ reductive wine making to draw out and finesse the characteristics of this varietal and and the wine is held "sur lie" or literally "on the lees." The lees settle to the bottom and then are lifted and stirred into the wine a minimum of every other week. Most wineries do not use this method because it is labor intensive, taking six months to achieve the desired effect on the wine. The process, however is not as important as the end result.

The winemaker's notes tell us that grapefruit, citrus and melon notes highlight this 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. Hints of juniper and gooseberry add a fresh note to the signature bright aromas and crispy fruit flavors. The finish is distinct and long lasting. We never really get those esoteric juniper and gooseberry notes but the wine is unmistakably well-balanced, not overly fruity with a pleasant finish. Great for a summer get together with friends.

Grape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol Content: 13.5%

All of these wines should be available at our local wine merchant Grapevine Travelers in Medford, which also holds weekly wine tastings every Saturday afternoon. Special thanks to Pasternak Wine Imports for providing beverages included in our Wine Of The Week series.

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