Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the… half price bin at your local wine shop. I like taking a chance on some of the interesting bottles when they’re marked down. Take for examples these two beauties: 2012 Saint Clair Family Estate Vicar’s Choice sauvignon blanc and the 2009 Bodega Norton cabernet sauvignon Reserva. I’m not sure why these didn’t move at full retail, but I’m sure not complaining.
Marlborough sauv blancs make you understand why the French named this grape sauvignon, or “savage.” Mostly, these New Zealand sauv blancs are grassy and full of white grapefruit and gooseberry. Lot’s of folks don’t dig them at all, but I sure do. I think of these as the IPA’s of the wine world.
This one is no exception. Lots of big citrus bite up front with grassy backbone. I like it for hot days outside. I keep wines like this chilling in my electric cooler while sitting under a misting system on my deck. If you like Kim Crawford sauvs, you’ll really go for this guy. When you see the price, you’ll probably favor this over whatever Marlborough white you’re currently consuming. Of course I hit it at half price, but I’d pay the next one at retail. Super good value if you find it marked down.
the Bodega Norton Cab Reserve is a nice entry from an old school (1895) winery in Mendoza. These folks know a few things about making cabs. This one spent some time in new oak before bottling. The result is a nice chocolaty palette with subtle red fruits. The tannins are subdued, making this one a drinker now. No need to hold it, it’s popping right now. Parker 89 points, Spectator 90, well earned, especially for this low price. Super nice middle of the week cab or pair it with what’s grilling. It’s big enough to hold up to bbq or other thick sauces.
Saint Clair Fam Vicar’s choice Sauv Blanc – T-Scale rating: 90 points. My price $9.00 – jump on it if you can find it.
Bodega Norton Cab 2009 Reserva – T-Scale rating 91 points. I plan to buy in bulk as this one will please you and all your wine-o buddies. Cheap enough to drink anytime and will work well with foods of many kinds.