This wine came from Naked Wines wine club. Here are the notes provided:
William Henry Sauvignon Blanc 2010
by William HenryUSASauvignon Blanc 13.90% Alc
- Considering Mendocino County’s more notorious crop, it’s no surprise that this Sauv Blanc is more than a bit grassy.
- But jokes aside, even though Mendocino is creating fantastic wines at low prices, it hasn’t been recognized like neighboring Russian River and Anderson Valley. As a reward for being ahead of the curve, you save a lot of money.
- So if you want a California Sauvignon with a hint of New Zealand grassiness, William Henry is your man.
Here are my notes:
This wine lacks aroma, so it was a bit hard to figure out what to expect. It is extremely light in flavor. Perfect for wine beginners because there is nothing overpowering anywhere at all with this wine. Very subtle fruity/grassy flavors with a feeling that this was aged in possibly stainless steel tanks. When served cold the flavors are very muted, but give a crisp, clean flavor that would pair well with any chicken, turkey, fish, or pasta dish. When served at about room temperature or very slightly chilled the flavors become more robust and noticeable. This would definitely be a good summer, backyard barbecue kind of wine. I feel like barbecue sauce could really enhance the light fruity flavors and bring out more depth. This might be a totally weird comparison, but if morning dew on the grass had a flavor it could very well taste like this wine. Ideally, this wine is best paired with a sharp cheese. Excellent with an aged sharp cheddar or a harder parmigiano reggiano.
On a scale of “this tastes like piss” to “oops, I just drank the whole bottle” I would give this a “Oh darn, looks like I just might drink the whole bottle tonight.” Would I buy it again on purpose? Maybe. Am I drinking the rest of the bottle as an excuse to eat good cheese/eating good cheese as an excuse to drink the rest of the bottle? Absolutely.
Final Grade: B/B+