Which style of Sauvignon Blanc is your favorite?
This week we had a houseguest from England who is fascinated with New Zealand style Sauvignon Blanc. During the week I poured her a New Zealand style S. B. and two different California Sauvignon Blanc wines.
Sauvignon Republic $7.99 – Trader Joe’s
This wine has the classic grapefruit and gooseberry characteristics found in most New Zealand styles of Sauvignon Blanc wine. For me this wine was just a little over the top in these two characteristics. I enjoyed the first few sips but after that I found the wine unsatisfying. But for our houseguest Jane, this was just the style of wine she was looking for. The Wine Spectator recently rated this wine at 86 points and I will agree with that score.
Patianna 2010 Sauvignon Blanc $9.99 – BevMo
Whitehall Lane 2011 Sauvignon Blanc $13 to $19 – at various stores
This is one of my personal favorites and often part of the Safeway sale. Back in December I purchased a half case at the Safeway sale for $12.60 a bottle, and that is a stupendous price for this wine. I previously reviewed this wine and rated it at 89 points. The main difference from the Patianna wine is that 15% of Whitehall S.B. has the Semillon grape and a small amount of barrel fermentation. These two factors give the wine an entirely different mouth feel. The Patianna is crisp and clean, perhaps the ideal picnic wine, whereas the Whitehall Lane has more of a dinner wine feel to it.
So when it was all said and done, our British houseguest preferred the Sauvignon Republic to the other two wines. I must also admit that she is not an everyday wine drinker and one small glass suits her just fine. It just better be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.