Full Review

Chasing Venus

Chasing Venus
2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$16
Best Buy
2017 Top 2 Best New Zealand White Wine

Chasing Venus
2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
Pale straw color. Citrusy, green aromas and flavors of green pepper, grapefruit and guava, grassy herbs, and white peppercorn with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length green apple skin, yellow pepper, and mango finish with chewy, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A luscious, tropical fruit driven sauvignon blanc with a fun peppery note.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: green pepper, grapefruit and guava, grassy herbs, and white peppercorn
Taste Flavor: green apple skin, yellow pepper, and mango
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Whole Fish Stuffed With Fresh Herbs, Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A luscious, tropical fruit driven sauvignon blanc with a fun peppery note.

The Producer

Matchbook Wine Co.

The Producer
12300 County Rd 92B
Zamora, CA 95698
USA
1 530-662-1032

Their Portfolio

85 Black’s Station 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
87 Black’s Station 2014 Red Blend, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
89 Black’s Station 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
89 Black’s Station 2014 Malbec, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
90 Black’s Station 2016 Chardonnay, Yolo County 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
92 Chasing Venus 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $16.00.
93 Chasing Venus 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $16.00.
93 Chasing Venus 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $16.00.
86 Matchbook 2012 Syrah, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
87 Matchbook 2015 Rose of Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $12.00.
86 Matchbook 2012 Tempranillo, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
86 Matchbook 2012 Syrah, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
89 Matchbook 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
89 Matchbook 2015 "Old Head" Estate Bottled, Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $15.00.
90 Matchbook 2012 Tinto Rey, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $17.00.
87 Matchbook 2013 Syrah, Dunnigan Hills 13.9% (USA) $16.00.
92 Mossback 2013 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
90 Mossback 2013 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
86 Mossback 2014 Pinot Noir, Central Coast 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
93 Mossback 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
84 Mossback 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $18.00.
90 Mossback 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 Mossback 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Sonoma County 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
92 Mossback 2014 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.9% (USA) $25.00.
88 Mossback 2016 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $18.00.
87 Sawbuck 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.9% (USA) $10.00.
89 The Arsonist 2014 Chardonnay, Dunnigan Hills 14.3% (USA) $22.00.
88 The Arsonist 2014 Red Blend, California 14.3% (USA) $22.00.
88 Tinto Rey 2014 Verdejo, Dunnigan Hills 14.3% (USA) $18.00.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.