Full Review

Cupcake

Cupcake
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13% RS: .35%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$11
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Cupcake
2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13% RS: .35%
Bright light golden straw color. Bright, citrusy, fruity creamy aromas of yellow peppers, lemon, banana blossoms, and gooseberry jam with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length melon and grass finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sauvignon blanc.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp, lively & fruity
Aroma Aroma: yellow peppers, lemon, banana blossoms, and gooseberry jam
Taste Flavor: melon and grass
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Shrimp Scampi, Fried Smelts, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A solid sauvignon blanc.

The Producer or Importer or Marketer

The Wine Group

The Producer or  Importer or  Marketer
4596 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550
USA
1 925-456-2500

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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.