2006 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon and grapefruit, crisp yet smooth

may 26, 2010:  it's sauvignon blanc season! and this cloudy bay was the perfect end to a beautiful, blue-sky day. victoria picked this up at winetree and then swung by schnucks to get chicken filets and baby leeks. then she sliced up garlic, a small amount of sliced green onions and scraped off bits of lemon zest and fried them lightly in olive oil. she added the thin chicken strips and covered them with onion salt and dried herbs de provence, with scatterings of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

this marlborough turned out wonderfully. the nose on this cloudy bay wasn't as aromatic as some other new zealand sauvignon blanc we've had (like the spy valley). but the lemon and grapefruit flavor, and the crisp yet creamy, smooth finish, were a great match with this chicken. the baby leeks weren't as sweet as victoria hoped -- actually, next time, it'd be better to go with full-grown leeks instead.

victoria thinks greg would probably not like this sauvignon blanc. there's not much sweetness to it, but she thinks this has too much grapefruit, which he really despises.

13.5 percent alcohol. $24.99 at winetree.

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