Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Striking notes of nettles, pink grape fruit and fresh currants leap from the glass. The crisply defined palate is underlined with mine rality, lingering with black currant, guava and ripe pear. Savour with high-jinks and convivial company.
The folks at Wairu River have picked up their game, turning out a slightly austere, minerally 2009 that balances those atributes with hints of nectarine, melon and fig. It's medium-bodied, with a long finish.
Bright and lively, delivering an effusive mouthful of pineapple, lime and apricot flavors that remain refreshing and balanced through the finish. Drink now.
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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked...
The [Napa Valley] and [Cabernet Sauvignon] are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as [Rutherford’s] famous dust or [Stags Leap District's] tart cherry flavors.