Be prepared- I love crisp white wines in the summer and Sauvignon Blanc often fits my perfect idea of what to drink in the 95+ degree humid summer days of Virginia. That’s right folks, it appears that summer weather has arrived and is here to stay. Apparently we don’t believe in spring in this area of the country and jumped straight from frigid to boiling.
Which brings us to the night’s wine. A 2005 Passalacqua Sauvignon Blanc the we picked up on our last CA trip. The wine cost $16, had a real cork closure and clocked in at 13.9% alcohol by volume. I believe we have two more bottles in the basement, though my organization structure got all rearranged with the move and hasn’t made it’s way to the top of my priority list to redo yet.
I tend to jot down not very specific things in addition to flavors and impressions as I’m drinking my way through a bottle of wine, as I did with this wine. My first descriptor in my notes is “Yum.” And really, that pretty much sums this bottle of wine up.
The wine showed lemons, apricots, and honeydew melon on the nose, leading to a wonderful tropical aroma wafting out of my glass. In the mouth, there were lemons, but on the sweet side, not tart, grass, and melons. Overall the wine had a very slight sweet note. The mouthfeel of this wine was quite smooth and the fruit really showed well, both on the nose and in the mouth. I clearly really liked this one as I wrote “Yum” again at the end of my notes.
I served this wine with over baked chicken (done in breadcrumbs), rice pilaf and green beans. A very good match, I liked the way the wine played with the spices in the chicken breading. Overall, the wine was a great deal, I felt like I got a lot out of this wine for the price tag.