Monday, March 28, 2011

Starborough Sauvignon Blanc, Vintage 2009

This is one of those wines that screams "GORGEOUS SUMMER DAY!" and you can literally drink with almost anything (or nothing, as I'm want to do these days!). I absolutely love the mildness and crisp nature of this simple New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - and the name is so cute! Starborough from Marlborough! 

Verdict: The nose on this wine is very fragrant with heavy citrus and white floral (honeysuckle) notes. The palate is very fruity, with hints of melon, passion fruit and peach as well as a crisp citrus undertone (grapefruit?) and a significant acidity level, perfect for sauce pairings. It's refreshing just to inhale the scents of this juicy beverage, and like I said above, a glass of it just screams "summer". If you like complex wines, this is probably not for you, but it's really a treat for someone who's looking for an easy glass to drink while unwinding on the porch or at the beach. Just thinking about this wine makes me crave a vacation (but what, nowadays, doesn't?)! Side note: This wine reminds me of a slightly less interesting, but equally cheap and refreshing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Ponga. If you can't find Starborough, the flavor profile in Ponga is very similar and it would be a suitable substitute.

Pairing: Classic Sauv Blanc pairings are lighter seafood, pork and chicken, dishes but this wine is so easy and smooth, you could enjoy it with vegetarian meals or even pastas with creamy sauce (in moderation, though, because too much fat in foods makes the wine and the food taste sour or "off"). I pretty much just enjoyed the bottle as a glass (or two...or three....) of wine after a hard day. 

Wine: Starborough Sauvignon Blanc, Vintage 2009
Price: $10.99
Purchased: Giant, Arlington VA & Target, Alexandria, VA

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