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2009 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc Jardine Vineyard Paso Robles

Vina Robles has been making wine in Paso Robles since 1999. I’ve only tasted their wines in the past few years, but I’ve generally found them to be both enjoyable and good values. In the past week, I’ve tried both their 2007 and their 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Jardine Vineyard wines. I’ll post the review of the 2007 in the future for the sake of completeness, but that wine is no longer available through the Vina Robles website. On the other hand, the 2009 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc Jardine Vineyard Paso Robles is a recent release and the first of the winery’s 2009 wines to hit the market.

This wine is a light greenish gold and a nose that is slightly shy but attractive and a tad unusual relative to most Sauvignon Blanch with with you might be familiar. To some extent, it smells a bit more like a delicate Gewurtztraminer. The first aromas to emerge is white flowers, gentle tropical fruit and faint lychee notes. The wine sees no oak whatsoever, so the fruit is fresh and pure.

On the palate, the body is fuller than that of a Sancerre or New Zealand offerings. The Jardine Vineyard is located in northeastern Paso Robles where achieving ripeness is not a problem. It also has enough acidity to carry that weight well. (This wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation.) The flavors include slightly bitter stone fruit, light tropical fruits and more of the lychee.

The 2009 Vina Robles Sauvignon Blanc Jardine Vineyard Paso Robles is a good value at $16. I would pair it the with a firm-bodied white fish that has been steamed or lightly girlled and covered with a tropical fruit salsa. It would also go well with macadamia nut crusted goat cheese. Drink now through 2012. Recommended.

Vina-Robles-2009-Sauvignon-Blanc-Jardine-Paso-Robles

Rating: Recommended
Retail Price: $16.00
Closure: Screwcap
Alcohol: 14.0%
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Jardine Vineyard, Paso Robles

This wine was received as a review sample from the winery.

This article is original to NorCalWine.com. Copyright 2010 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved.

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