Bargain Bottles

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Rodney Strong.

Recently I’ve been coming up with bargain wines that I would peg as retailing for more than they do. I love these wines…I’m happily impressed when I finally look up price points and feel like if someone bought the bottle it would offer a lot of bang for the buck. I felt like a white the other night so I dug into a box of sample from Rodney Strong and came up with the 2008 Rodney Strong Charlotte’s Home Sauvignon Blanc. The wine retails for about $9, had a screw cap closure, and clocked in at 13.8% alcohol by volume. It may cost you a buck or two more than a critter wine, but it’s well worth it in my opinion…you actually get an interesting wine with character (not characters!).

My first note, which is the second time I’ve ever noted this in a Sauvignon Blanc, is that it smells a little hoppy like beer.  I also got lemon, grapefruit, melon, fresh cut grass, and tropical notes.  In the mouth I found melon, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, tropical notes, and star fruit. The wine was crisp but had a nice round finish. I found it to be very refreshing and a good value.