Sunday, September 11, 2011

 Another Sunday past, which meant another delinquent and tardy post coming from the Croft household.  You cannot blame Amy on any of this, we have an agreement.  She raises Marissa (our 2-1/2 yr old daughter) and I write the posts on Sunday Salud.  Needless to say, I am sleeping on the job.
 
None the less, we go back two weeks in a row to the Duckhorn winery in Napa Valley.  If you will recall from last week, James and Sara brought us a bottle of Pinot Noir from Decoy, which is as we consider, Duckhorn’s entry level wines – which crosses all our favorite wines.  Now, do not be fooled but the term entry level, becuase the folks at Duckhorn have done a fantasic job of providing enjoyable, flavorful wines for all price levels and palates.  We certainly look foward to trying their Paraduxx wine soon, which is their version of the ever popular (in the USA) “Super Tuscan” Sangiovese wines of Northern Italy; except the red blends are a combination of Zinfindel and Bordeaux grapes.
 
This week as mentioned, we stayed with the Duckhorn winery, but went back to a white…

Another White wine - trying to even the score with the reds, one bottle at a time

 Name : Duckhorn

Region : Napa Valley

Grape : Sauvignon Blanc (with a minor amount of Semillion)

Since this is the first review of the Sauvignon Blanc grape that we can tell, we figured we would give you a definition of this variety, courtesies of Wikipedia…

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.[1], a possible descendant of savagnin. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world’s wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. The grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from Sauternes and Barsac. Sauvignon Blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Moldova and California.

Price : $24.99

Alcohol by Volume : 13.99 %

Vintage : 2009

Food : Chicken Scallopini in a lemon caper sauce with Ceaser Salad

 

One of our favorite meals - first time with a white wine though...

 

Color : Pale straw, translucent

Nose : Smell of champagne along with citrus and tropical fruits (mildly)

Mouth : Effervescent, almost like a sparkling white wine, yeasty, dry and crisp

Rating : 7 out of 10.  For Amy it was a 8 or 8.5, she enjoyed the crisp flavors and loved it as a summer wine.  As for me, as has been documented I am not a huge fan of white wine.  However, I am growing and I thought the citrus aromas of the wine complemented the chicken rather well.  We will drink this wine again, next summer.

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