2008 Silverado Vineyards Miller Ranch Sauvignon Blanc: Grapefruity and crisp
jan. 1, 2012: this has to be the first pure sauvignon blanc i've had in six or so months. i got it for our new year's eve party but i ended up not having much of it at all. when i opened it that night, it wasn't chilled, and the grapefruit flavors weren't pronounced. it even had some peach overtones. but tonight, i chilled it, and the grapefruit is really overwhelming. i could see this going well with a salad with vinaigrette dressing and maybe some goat cheese, since the acidic dressing and flat texture of the cheese would probably neutralize the grapefruit flavor and crisp textures. greg didn't like this at all, by the way, and the grapefruit was the reigning reason. 13.7 percent alcohol. winetree. about $16.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.