Nose gives expectations of fresh, citrus taste. No surprises here. Lemon peeps and grapefruit on the palate. It's so fresh it reminds me of mouthwash.
It takes a little extra swirling to coax the faint grapefruit and lemon aromas out of this wine but fresh acidity and citrus flavors make this easily recognizable as sauvignon blanc, even if it’s a bit neutral in the flavor department.
External Reviews for Martha Clara Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork
Martha Clara Vineyards, located on Sound Avenue on Long Island's North Fork, is owned by the Entenmann family – yes, the makers of those supermarket pastries. And while I once viewed them mainly as a tourist attraction, known more for their jam-packed event calendar than their wines, that seems to be changing of late. Sure, they still make (and sell) a ton of their white zinfandel-style rosé with the cute beagle label, along with the Glacier's End line of wines. But a look further down on the tasting sheet reveals wines with nice varietal character that are worth elbowing your way up to their always-packed tasting bar for – their most recent Sauvignon Blanc release is one such bottling.It is an extremely fruity and slightly unique rendition of the variety from a very ripe 2005 vintage on Long Island's North Fork. Typical aromas of cut grass, herbs and grapefruit are replaced by richer fruits like juicy peach, guava and passion fruit. Similar flavors — with a little grapefruit and mineral nuance — continue from start to finish. The mid-palate is soft and lush, but the wine finishes with a tingle of acidity.Winemaker Gilles Martin compares this Sauvignon to those of the Loire Valley in France. While there is some Loire in this wine, this is all Long Island.