Wine review: Matanzas Creek 2009 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma (California)

This California winery boasts a fantastically talented French winemaker who crafts decidedly European-style white and red wines. In essence: food wines with more acidity. This is a “grown-up” Sauvignon Blanc meant for food but easy enough to drink alone. Intensely perfumed with pink grapefruit and, on the tongue, it sports racy acidity, tart tangerine and lime with a smooth, slate-like minerally finish. But it’s not all acid like a New Zealand Sauv Blanc — it’s still elegant enough for gulping yet utterly breathtaking when paired with a lemony shrimp scampi.

Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Price: $17 – $19
Occasion: Winery provided a sample
Availability: High end grocery stores, restaurant wine lists and some big box wine shops. Find where to buy it in your area.


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