I know what you are thinking — It’s September, why am I talking Sauvignon Blanc?
Well, I got a little backlogged and since we are in a bit of an Indian Summer, I still felt this was perfect for this time of year. To be honest, I love Sauvignon Blanc any time of the year, but the summer is the perfect time to drink this.
Martha Clara Vineyards got alot of Press for their 2 Riesling offerings from 2010 and some of their wines may have fallen under the radar. This might have and it should not be overlooked in my opinion.
In the past, Martha Clara Vineyards, in Riverhead, has made Sauvignon Blanc’s with a nod to New Zealand, a bit more grassy. This one is no different, but with a bigger bolder nose and palate than I recall.
The Martha Clara Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc ($19) has 10% Semillion in it, which I think enhances and really makes this wine sing.
On the nose the wine gives off some musky notes with notes of fresh grass, some salinity and peperoncini notes. Then as you swirl the glass some more, more tropical aroma’s like kiwi, pineapple, papaya mix with lemon and grapefruit.
The palate brings more tropical notes with kiwi, lime grapefruit, sweet herbs and grass. There is a bit of a floral element as the wine comes closer to room temperature.
The wine has a great balance with a lightning bolt of acidity that is palate cleansing and keep the glass coming back to your mouth.
A fruit forward finish of grapefruit and lemon with a hint of grass lingers for a while.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard