Saturday, October 23, 2010

Starborough 2009 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

During our recent trip to Mohican State Park, we took advantage of a special package that included dinner in the lodge restaurant. My wife asked for a wine recommendation to go with her fish entree and I scanned the wine list and recommended the Starborough 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. One of Green Dragon’s favorite wines is Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc and I thought the Starborough would hit the right note for dinner.

It did and she loved it. Although it wasn’t a side by side tasting, she said she might actually prefer the Starborough over the Kim Crawford. They both are Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs from the Marlborough wine region in New Zealand. Sauv Blanc is a signature wine from New Zealand and when done right can be a mouth-watering, tangy treat.

We picked up a bottle a couple of weeks later for an after-dinner drink. The wine had a powerful bouquet of fresh grass and a full body. The acidity gives it a firm crispness. In fact, drinking it without dinner Green Dragon felt it was almost too much. We then tried some cheese and crackers and the wine seemed to mellow noticeably as we sipped.

To me, the wine had pronounced lemon and mineral flavors. Green Dragon felt that grapefruit more accurately described it. Either way, it provides the full flavor of citrus but is well balanced with acidity.

This isn’t a wine for the meek. If you prefer a more dialed down flavor profile, you might want to look elsewhere, like California or France.

For a nice pairing with fish, the Starborough is outstanding and is a great value at just under $15.

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