As the title of this post suggests, I had two wines at completely opposite ends of the wine spectrum this week. I tried a new Cab that I’ve been wanting to review and a Sauvignon Blanc that I just happened to have in the fridge from a get-together this past weekend. Keep reading to get my thoughts on both…
I’ll start with the 2012 Estancia Monterey County Sauvignon Blanc. I opened this bottle for a get-together and when I looked in my fridge tonight I realized that I had some left so I decided to give it a try with my chicken stir-fry. I haven’t had Sauvignon Blanc in awhile, but I think it’s one of those varietals that has such a distinct tasting profile that I can always pick it out of a crowd without seeing the label.
Pale straw in color, on the nose I smelled lemon-lime citrus and a grassy aroma that’s common in Sauvignon Blancs. I liken it to summer in a glass. On the palate, I tasted clean, refreshing citrus, lemon grass, and lots of acidity. Not really my winter drink of choice, I think this would be a decent everyday wine for summer. Drink immediately. (Price range $10-13)
Onto the Carnivor California Cabernet Sauvignon…this wine is targeted more to the male wine drinker who likes the big, bold California reds. This is not to say that women can’t be included in this target group, but in my experience more women lean towards the lighter, fruitier wines (I am NOT one of those women).
I had been waiting for weeks to taste and review this wine. I took it to a holiday party, but it never got opened. Then, I saw it at another holiday party, but by the time I was ready to try it there was not a drop in the bottle. Luckily, a guest brought it to our get-together this past weekend and I jumped on it right away!
I’m glad that I finally got to experience this wine. It was deep, purple in color with notes of oak, chocolate and coffee. The finish was smooth and well structured. Good drink ability. I would recommend this wine as a nice alternative to the more expensive Napa Valley Cabs. (Price range $12-16)