Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pintar 2011 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pintar SB

New Zealand’s Marlborough region is tops for producing the racy style of Sauvignon Blanc we so enjoy. Pintar is a product of Cooper’s Creek winery and crafted from grapes sourced from seven different vineyards.

The Green Dragon, my wife and expert on NZ Sauvignon Blanc, rates this wine highly as it offers a similar flavor profile to her favorites Kim Crawford and Starborough. At $12 per bottle, it’s an easy way to keep the Dragon happy.

In the glass, the wine is a light yellow-green. On the nose, you can detect the trademark Marlborough notes of citrus and cut grass.

The flavors are a blast of lemon and lime laced together with vibrant acidity. The overall impression is sunshine and light. It is rich with flavor and the texture feels full.

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine producing region, accounting for almost 80% of that country’s production. The shining star is Sauvignon Blanc, which is available at remarkably low prices. Pintar is a solid addition to the the field.

Rating: 3 of 5  Value: 4 of 5

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