Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Parducci's 2009 Sauvignon Blanc from Mendocino County

I've had mixed luck with Parducci wines in the past, from a very disappointing 2007 cabernet sauvignon to the stunningly affordable and incredibly good 2009 pinot noir I tasted earlier this year. Since the weather has been steadily warming up here in San Diego, I've been opening more white wines to taste and share with you. In this blog entry I'm checking out their 2009 Mendocino County sauvignon blanc.

Priced at $11, it's made entirely with grapes grown in Mendocino by the Hildreth family. They've been doing this for five generations so they know what the Ukiah Valley is capable of. While Parducci wines are widely available at supermarkets and places like Beverages & More, there are only 2,000 cases of this sauv. blanc to go around.

Lovely aromas of fresh cut flowers and lemongrass with a burst of ripe pineapple create a very pleasing bouquet. Sweetness comes from a summer melon aroma, comparable to a freshly sliced honeydew. Comparing the 2009 Parducci Sauvignon Blanc to others, it's actually a bit darker in my glass despite being fermented entirely in stainless steel tanks.

The mouthfeel is pure California with the wine being at once rich yet balanced with nice crisp acidity. I loved the way I could taste a progression of flavors ranging from lemon pith to that great pineapple flavor that I smelled before. There's a nice yin/yang of ripeness and zesty acid to make this a great pairing for chicken salad, summer veggies, or just as a great sipper on your deck during a warm summer day.

While not as light or dry as a New Zealand sauvignon blanc, the Parducci shows that California does produce affordable, delicious, and most importantly, balanced versions from the varietal. I'm really digging this wine, and I'd like to try it sometime with a seared ahi tuna salad. B and a STRONG BUY recommendation from me. At around $11 a bottle, it's one of the better sauvignon blancs I've tasted in this price category. If you're looking for a reliable summertime deck wine or are having people over that like dry whites, try the 2009 Parducci Mendocino County sauvignon blanc.

This wine was sent as a media sample for review purposes by Boss Dog Marketing.

Beau Carufel

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