Tuesday, May 24, 2011
2009 South Coast Winery Sauvignon Blanc - Musque Clone
I have always really enjoyed when wineries chose to use the Musque clones because I believe it gives the wine such an amazing bouquet. If I'm not mistaken I think Merry Edwards uses Musque, and if anyone has tried her S.B.'s then they'd know the quality that can be produced with this particular grape in California.
On the nose I immediately get quite a rush of citrus peel and fresh cut grass. These aromas are also accompanied by some really distinct gooseberry and kiwi notes. It's a very vibrant and quite well-defined bouquet that is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc.
On the palate the wine is quite round in texture and speaks directly to the use of this particular Musque clone. I get flavors of tangerine, stone fruits, kiwi, and some subtle mineral notes. The wine definitely carries a touch of residual sugar, but finishes with enough acid to make the wine considerably balanced.
I usually prefer a bone-dry style Sauvignon Blanc, however this wine is actually quite nice and I can really see it being a wine that would appeal to the masses. It would almost assuredly be a hit at a casual dinner with some good friends that don't typically drink wine. 88+ points
Below is a video of the winemaker:
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