Thursday, April 16, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc - 2014 Cognizant Sauvignon Blanc

As the temperatures rise, a big hearty red is sometimes too much...time to check out some crisp, dry, delicious (hopefully) whites...first up a little something from New Zealand. More specifically Marlborough, NZs premier wine region.  This wine has 25% of it's blend 
spend time in neutral/older French Oak barrels, which typically adds a nice level of complexity to the wine. 
Wine: 2014 Cognizant Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc

Obtained from: Purchased at K&L Wines, Hollywood, CA
Price: $15
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Screw Top - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Very light yellow.
Aroma: I have never smelled a Gooseberry, but the smell of Sauvignon Blanc, especially New Zealand wines, that seems to be a cross between a green fruit and brown sugar must be what a Gooseberry smells like. This wine had a nice amount of that aroma, with lime, and an herbal note that was not overly grassy.
Taste: Nice acidity, nice bit of minerality, very delicious. A nice richness in the finish that may be from the Oak.

The Grade: I give this one an A. A really excellent wine, great to just sip on a hot day, but with enough structure to go great with food. We had this with a baby artichoke pasta dish that I way over salted, and if it could make that dish taste better - imagine what it will do with good food!!! Cheers!

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