Complete Sauvignon Blanc

My bottle graveyard on the coffee table.

Back when I first joined the Quivira wine club, they made a delightful Sauvignon Blanc that retailed for around $13. It wasn’t oaked, and it was a perfect weekday wine.  I wrote a review on it a few months after starting Wannabe Wino Wine Blog.  Then, I didn’t get any other Sauvignon Blanc from them until last year’s fall shipment. And to my surprise, they’d switched to an oaked Sauvignon Blanc. Now, inherently, there’s nothing wrong with oaked I just prefer the unoaked kind.  Now that I visit their website, it seems they do still make the the unoaked version, it apparently just doesn’t come in the club shipments. Pity too, for $10 less a bottle and no oak, I think I’d like that better.  In any case, the wine for the evening was the 2007 Quivira Sauvignon Blanc Complete. It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.1% alcohol by volume, and retails for $28.

On the nose I found lemon verbena, mint, vanilla mint, melon, pear, and vanilla cream.  In the mouth I found the wine to be smooth and round and the oak was nicely integrated.  I got flavors of cream, pear, lots of melon, vanilla, pineapple, and lemon. The wine had a great mouthfeel, and with the slight oaky characteristics, would probably do well in place of a Chardonnay with a roast chicken.

Now to get my hands on some of the unoaked version.  I should have a side by side tasting of the two wines…I have another bottle of the Complete in the basement!