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Friday, April 19, 2013

Tin Barn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - Smooth and Extremely Drinkable

Tin Barn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2011 - Smooth and Extremely Drinkable
Grapefruity and grassy with a fabulous texture.

100% Sauvignon Blanc from Carneros, Sonoma County, California.

SRP of $18 and available at that price. Sample submitted for review.

From the bottle:
"Tin Barn Vineyards is the fruit of five friends' passion for the grape. Winemaker Michael Lancaster works to create single vineyard wines expressing the true character of our Sonoma County home.

Hi Vista Vineyard is a windswept plot of acreage on the western edge of the Carneros appellation. We barrel ferment a small portion of this wine to add rich mouthfeel, tank fermenting the balance to preserve its vibrant melon and citrus aromas. No malolactic fermentation is used, resulting in a refreshing wine with a crisp acidity on the palate.

13.7% Alcohol"
The 2011 Tin Barn Vineyards Hi Vista Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc begins with plenty of grassy notes along with melon, grapefruit and a little citrus. Tasting the wine reveals a simply fabulous smooth and slightly creamy mouthfeel, which for me makes this wine very drinkable. In the mouth, the grassiness from the nose recedes to the background while grapefruit, pear, green apple and melon flavors come to the front and give a really nice combination of sweet and sour fruit. Some nice mineral notes come out on the pleasant finish to wrap things up. To be honest I wasn't sure I was going to like this wine at first sniff due to the grassy aroma, but I ended up loving it!

See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.

Taste Rating: 9              Cost Rating: 3
Overall Rating: 7.5

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