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Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc Paretai 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

The Paretai Sauvignon Blanc is bright straw in color with a green hue. The spicy, vibrant tropical fruit aromas are complimented by lime zest and nashi pear with a mineral finish. The palate is rich and full, with a satisfyingly long finish.

Pair with Blue Fin Tuna steak seasoned and seared each side, served rare with fresh lime juice, olive oil, avocado, red onion & tomato.

Critical Acclaim

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The Wine Advocate

The 2010 Paretai Sauvignon Blanc gives intense aromas of freshly chopped herbs, mown grass and gooseberries with nuances of lemon zest and wet pebbles. Medium bodied, it offers a generous amount of gooseberry, stone fruit and herbal flavors in the mouth with refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drink it now through 2013.

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Matua Valley

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Matua Valley, , New Zealand
Matua Valley
While Bill and Ross Spence were the sons of a winemaking father, but decided not to follow his winemaking path. They began in a ragged tin shed in West Auckland, in 1974. The wines they released from that first vintage immediately placed them amongst the leading group of innovative winemakers. Chardonnay and Gamay Teinturier were not common varieties in New Zealand at that time, and it was the first time Sauvignon Blanc had ever been... View More

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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.