Thursday, February 12, 2009
St. Supery 2007 Sauvignon Blanc: A Show Stopper
Sitting down to dinner the other night brought an exciting surprise. As a part of our nightly anitpasto we were indulging in an imported basil pesto and crackers. Imported from Italy, the pesto is intense, rich and succulent, just right after a long day of dehydrating work. As pleasant as the pesto was it was not the surprise. I opened a 2007 St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc as an accompaniment to our pesto. Mary and I have had St. Supery many times before and had some good experiences along with some fair to middling ones. This time was very different. Sauvignon Blancs usually have citrus, lime and herbal notes. Sometimes the grapfruit is very forward and intense. On this occassion, the grapefruit was there, indeed. What was surprising to us was the intense and totally forward pineapple flavors. It hit like a meteor strike. The pineapple exploded on the tongue and held on for what seemed like minutes. Pow! What excitement. Visions of pineapples from Central America danced in my head. After a time the grapefruit, lime, and green apple notes mixed in with a gentle acidity. The finish was long and zesty. I was reminded of the New Zealand SBs, especially as they were before growers started to dumb down the edginess that brought them to fame.
In reading reviews of the 2007 St. Supery I was struck by the minor role the pinapple flavors played. In fact, some reviewers did not mention pineapple at all. I suggest you give this wine and vintage a try. Let me know what you experience. It's worth the time and effort. You can pick up a bottle for about $20.00.
It's not every weekday night before dinner that such a zingy surprise occurs.
You can learn more about the superb wines produced at St. Supery by going to their equally superb website.