Sauvignon Blanc is slowly ascending to the top of my white wine favorite list – especially Long Island Sauvignon Blanc. Gewürztraminer is at the top, but Sauvignon Blanc is now in a neck and neck race with Riesling.
I am not sure what it is about Sauvignon Blanc, but I am finding myself being drawn to it more and more. This Palmer Vineyards 2008 Sauvignon Blanc ($18.99) is suddenly one of my personal favorites. Not only for the value, but this is a very nice wine that will go with a variety of Roasted chicken, summer fish and salad meals. When I would think of Long Island Sauvignon Blanc, I would always first think of Raphael and Shinn Estate Vineyards — well now Palmer Vineyards has entered the picture.
Lemony citrus notes appear on the nose with some wet rock minerality. There is also some lemongrass and kiwi as the Sauvignon Blanc warms up a bit – it is becoming more tropical. Some apple notes also begin to fill the glass.
Zinging acidity and fresh green herbs, like fresh oregano are on the palate. Citrus, grapefruit and tropical flavors balance out the palate. With a little splash of honeydew melon.
The finish is moderate with minty herbal note. I enjoy a Sauvignon Blanc that has this type of finish.
Crisp and refreshing – a perfect summer selection. I know for sure that this Sauvignon Blanc will be on my table this 4th of July weekend. I hope this is on your table too. There may not be too much of this left, I know that Palmer Vineyards is getting close to releasing the 2009 Sauvignon Blanc.