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Wine Recommendation

Kathryn Kennedy Winery 2005 Sauvignon Blanc  (California)

Kathryn Kennedy Winery

2005 Sauvignon Blanc

I liked this one right from the start: it’s a screwcap! In the heat of the summer, when hitting the road for one wine event or another, we always take our AC/DC cooler that fits nicely in the back of the Jeep and then goes with us to the hotel room or wherever we are staying. Screwtops fit perfectly: wines with corks, once opened, do not.

The color is pure light straw, and the aromas are of white grapefruit, lilac and lemongrass. Flavors are lively green apple, lemongrass, mandarin lime, and gooseberry: and its slightly saline minerality adds impeccable elegance to the character. With its refreshingly tart grapefruit and clementine finish, swirled with a dollop of smoke, this wine would please even the most French of Pouilly Fumé or Sancerre lovers. It is also very akin to the finer New Zealand examples of this varietal: fresh, lively and juicy with acidity. It asks politely for a plate of oysters, a rock-shrimp, artichoke and caper cocktail, or perhaps a calamari salad with plenty of picholine olives, flat-leafed parsley and fresh lemon.

This wine is a real taste of summer in California and should become part of your “hit the road” agenda, whether you are flying or driving. You’ll know you have something refreshing and dust-clearing to reward you at the end. And no need to uncork!

Reviewed June 28, 2006 by Laura Ness.

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The Wine

Winery: Kathryn Kennedy Winery
Vintage: 2005
Wine: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: California
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Price: 750ml $19.00

Review Date: 6/28/2006

The Reviewer

Laura Ness

A wine writer and wine judge for major publications and competitions around the country, Laura Ness likens wine to the experience of music. She is always looking for that ubiquitous marriage of rhythm, melody, and flawless execution. What is good music? You know it when you get lost in it. What is good wine? It is music in your mouth.