Chateau Ste. Michelle Sauvignon Blanc Horse Heaven Hills Horse Heaven Vineyard 2010
Great aromas! Pear, honeysuckle and grapefruit. Good acid profile and really nice flavor. 90 pts. 8/12/11
I noted the color is pale straw with a hint of yellow gold. On the nose it has a light fresh aroma like newly cut grass. It’s clean with hints of melon, mild citrus, granny smith apples and fresh herbal notes. At first taste it is slightly sharp on the tongue with a mild bite and absolutely bursts with tropical fruits on the palate – a delightful surprise. The finish is beautiful long, crisp and luscious. If you like a clean, sharp, fresh Sauvignon Blanc you will really like this wine. I would pair with smoked salmon or oysters. In fact, I think it would pair fabulously with oysters. I must try it!
Crisp, citrus, pear, green apple. Very good.
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A refreshing wine with good acidity and bracing citrus and rhubarb fruit. The finish is fairly long and balanced.
Fresh and juicy, a light-textured wine with gentle herb notes among the citrus and apple flavors, lingering nicely on the finish. Drink now.
The nut-meat scents of oak make the first impression, then fruit comes up to meet and marry the oak in complex ways mdash; apricot essence, bitter orange marmalade, nectarine skin, the flavors wrapped in a gripping acidity. Itrsquo;s a white with intriguing structure, graceful with a buttery oyster stew.
The Horse Heaven vineyard has been producing exceptional Sauvignon Blancs for the past decade. In this unusual vintage, which started very cool and lasted through an extended, late harvest, the grapes ripened to perfection. Ripe, lush fruit gets some added creaminess from barrel fermentation and aging sur lie. There are scents of lime, citrus peel, wet stone and spice, leading to a wonderfully full, focused panoply of flavors in the mouth. The finish goes on forever.
The 1996 Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc (made with 23% Segrave;millon) has a cregrave;me bruleacute;e, vanilla, and lemon-laced nose. This fresh, rich, silky-textured, and medium-bodied wine is filled with tangy and bright citrus fruits. It should be drunk over the next year.
Lime, grapefruit zest and pear aromas precede a spicy oak note and a nice, round texture. The bright acidity of this cool vintage gives the wine an appealing crispness and long, fresh aftertaste.
A vivid spectrum of aromas greets the nose mdash; ripe pear, melon and underlying notes of bright citrus. Crisp acids and flavors of apple emerge elegantly on the palate. Heaven for horses though it may be, a small slice of heaven it bestows upon me.