Friday, May 12, 2006

2004 Mount Riley (Marlborough) Sauvignon Blanc



This Sauvignon Blanc purchase from Binny's was an impulse buy to try another Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand other than the excellent Villa Maria. In the same price range of $12-14, this was not in the same league. It was overly acidic with mineral notes that took over. It was fine with a great salmon dish Natalie made in a smoker bag (try it!), but not what I expected. It was decent on the nose with the predictable citrus and tropical notes, but didn't deliver on the palate. A somewhat disappointing 83.

Side note: The Savu Smoker Bag for smoking in a kitchen oven can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma in Chicago under a private label from what I understand. But I think there are better, cheaper places to get it online. The bag is made of foil, is disposable, and smokes the food using wood chips that are in an in-between layer of the foil pouch. It's great for cooking fish and vegetables without using oil, and takes hardly any time in the oven.

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