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Beth W.
Beth W.
2005 - Villa Maria Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot Reserve Hawkes Bay
Cherry with a hint of Cedar. Simply Delicious
Jun 11, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
We paired this with a New York Strip. Yummy.
John  S.
John S.
2006 - Rippon Vineyard Pinot Noir
Mar 19, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Deep ruby , with a slightly lighter rim.  The nose has a plethora of red and black fruits including raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, and black cherry.  The fruit notes are balanced nicely by the complex earth and spice driven components like licorice, rhubarb, forest floor, and floral notes.  This wine has a elegant mouth-feel and a long complex finish that lingers pleasantly for 45+ seconds.  This wine shows tremendous depth and provides great pleasure now but will age for at least 8-10 years.  Whether you enjoy Burgundy or California Pinot this is one that is sure to please both palates!
Cory G.
Cory G.
2006 - Rippon Vineyard Pinot Noir
Mar 18, 2009
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Medium ruby red to garnet with a pink rim.  Complex nose of black fruits, tangy cherry, and some violet.  Nice balance on this medium weight wine with more flavors of cherry & rhubarb on the palate, and the finish goes on for well over a minute!  Highly recommended.
Judy I.
Judy I.
2006 - Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc
Crisp Lemony White for August Nights!
Aug 04, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This Marlbourough white is zingy and bright with citrus, gooseberry and peachy flavors. I can't find much of a nose on it, but it explodes on the tongue and has a lucious finish. It has brisk acidity and begs for seafood, maybe a baked white fish fillet with a buttery crumb topping, or even take-out fish and chips! It is a bargain now at certain retailers, and makes my poor woman's list of really nice wines.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2005 - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Real Wine!
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This has a nice clean finish, though not too long, but again we are more used to reds. This stuff tastes real. Not too fruity, a very nice muskiness, no fakeness, not sweet and very balanced from what we can tell. Perfect alcohol balance as I wasn't even aware of the alcohol.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2004 - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Zesty!
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This has a very spritzy/zesty mouthfeel, focused on the tip of the tongue: alive and enthusiastic. Nice plush mouthfeel while still remaining crisp. I'm not too used to this much acidity, without the tannins as a balance, so it seems a little too acidic.  Still a good value.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2002 - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Yum!
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage was just flat out tasty!  it has an odd but very nice underarm smell; apple juice; baked suntan; kiwi, grapefruit, pineapple, a little bit of lime, and also lime leaves, and celery.  This was full of flavor and aroma!
Scott S.
Scott S.
2003 - Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc
Solid
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
Another Solid Sav Blanc producer. Grassy; cat-pee; a little bit of gasoline, like two drops in the whole bottle, but still there; pool spray or perhaps ocean spray; some cream on the top;  Interesting wine indeed!
Scott S.
Scott S.
2007 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Solid but too sweet
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This one is good but not as well balanced as the 06. Still a great example of New Zealand Sauv Blanc. Grass, grapefruit, cat pee, melon....yummy. Touch of sweetness I the finish that i don't like. Great value. Equals other big name wines from same region, but with better price.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2006 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Great
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was another great vintage. Very well balanced. Not quite as much grapefruit and tartness as other vintages I've had. It has a bit more creaminess, but not too much like a Chardonnay want-to-be, which I really liked. This was very refreshing on a hot summer day. Found myself drinking it a bit too fast. Great price, I will buy more.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2005 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Simple
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a very simple and laid back vintage. This is just a great, crisp, light summer wine. This is also another excellent value. Hard to find a wine that's better or more enjoyabe at this price point. Lemon and apple and grass.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2004 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Less Acidic
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This vintage produced a very nice wine. The acidity is not overpowering and there is some really nice fruit here. A little lime here and there. Great for summer. Apple and grapefruit!
Scott S.
Scott S.
2003 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Interesting Blanc!
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This has an extremely interesting finish that for some reason I enjoy. There is a bit of lemon zest zing to make the mouth sing a little bit. The finish almost has a rotten fruit quality which I don't find at all offensive. The fruit is apple, pear, and peach.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2002 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Yummy!
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
This was a very fruit forward vintage. Huge amount of pear and grass on the initial taste finishing with a funky blend of apricot, pear, and pineapple. I loved this for the balance and fruit. great summer wine.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2001 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Too acidic
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star
This wine was good but it was too acidic.BUT...some nice melon and flowers on the nose as well as a touch o'pee. As mentioned, my palate was overwhelmed by acidity, but, there was some lemon and I got a nice charcoal briquette on the finish.
Scott S.
Scott S.
2000 - Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Everyday
Jun 12, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is my favorite, everyday, summer drinking wine. Cat pee, grapefruit and tons of balanced acidity. Fruit pours through all day on this one.  This goes really well with a nice brie cheese!
Colin C.
Colin C.
2005 - Olssens of Bannockburn Riesling Late Harvest Desert Gold
Very Nice!
Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Nice vintage!  Melon overtones to this wine are not over-powering, and the wine comes off as pleasant. The wine is light, it drinks more like melon juice than wine, but it's good for light occasions or as a replacement for stronger wines.
Colin C.
Colin C.
2004 - Olssens of Bannockburn Riesling Late Harvest Desert Gold
Delicious Desert!
Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star
Great fter dinner wine! A delicious dessert wine for a summer afternoon. Smells like strawberries and tastes like them too, with hints of chocolate as well. Tastes great chilled and perfect for the price.
Holley J.
Holley J.
2006 - Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Same old story...
Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star

A little more green in this vintage, but not too much.  Very nice grapefruit and bell pepper on the nose turns to kiwi and grass on the palate. A great wine, but most of these Whitehaven SB's are starting to all taste the same to me, which can be both good but also boring.

Holley J.
Holley J.
2005 - Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Just Enjoyable!
Jun 09, 2008
1 star 1 star 1 star
This is a simple vintage with not too much complexity but easy to drink.  This  wine comes on strong, from the moment you open the bottle. It has a definite fruity smell, and is very citric and acidic, particularly on the finish. It's very enjoyable for all palates.

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