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*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Sean Minor Wines.

The UPS and Fed Ex trucks come to my door with alarming regularity.  Almost always it’s a surprise as to what they will be bringing.  I personally order anywhere from 20-30 shipments of wine a year myself….but during the fall and the spring, the delivery trucks arrive at least 2-3 times a week.  Just last week they delivered 22 bottles of wine.  It’s like Christmas every time I get a box! One recent box came bearing the most current releases from Sean Minor’s 4 Bears line, and we tried the 2008 Sean Minor 4 Bears Sauvignon Blanc this other night.  I tried the previous vintages of this line, you can read the reviews here. This time the line came with some new things, including a Pinot Noir. The idea is to create an affordable line of quality wines.  The Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc had a screw cap closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $13.

I first noted that I found the wine to be very aromatic…I could smell it wafting out of my glass.  I got grass, grapefruit, flowers, hay, tropical notes, honeysuckle, lime, and orange zest on the nose.  In the mouth I found orange, tangerine, grass, flowers, tropical fruit, and passion fruit. Overall the wine had nice acidity and I found it to be a very good effort for the price point.  Definitely a crowd pleaser for a party.