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Sutcliffe Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

By Jacob Harkins | Local Winos magazine editor

Do you like Sauvignon Blanc? The answer to that probably depends on what versions you have and where they came from. There’s a diversity of flavors that come from a sense of place. Bordeaux, California and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs can be dramatically different. Think earthy compared to fruity or tropical.

Colorado, as a whole, doesn’t have a particular style (that’s been defined, anyway). So you have to understand the winemaker to predict the flavors. In keeping with it’s natural feel, Sutcliffe Vineyards has produced a solid Sauvignon Blanc that emphasizes earthiness over massive fruits.

The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is a nice mix of earthy and grassy tones, with a tropical banana backbone on the nose. On the tastebuds, it’s dry with melon and pear flavors to the front, and a lemongrass hit in the back. It has a toasted finish that lasts a few moments and good structure for food pairings.

It has a slightly bigger mouth feel than many versions of this variety, possibly in part to it coming into contact with Chardonnay skins (although not the actual juice) during the initial part of the winemaking process.

Who should drink this wine: White Bordeaux fans.

Sutcliffe Vineyards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Alcohol by Volume: 13.8 percent
Price: $26 ($13 for a 0.375)
7.5 points on Local Winos arbitrary rating system

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