Friday, March 30, 2007

Facing My Fears: Vol. 2

The second installment in the Facing My Fears series is that grassy old coot sauvignon blanc. The first sauv blanc I had was from New Zealand, and boy did it taste like a mouthful of weeds.

At the time, I knew nothing about the grassy, herbal qualities of sauvignon blanc. I just knew that it had the word "sauvignon" in the title, which reminded me a lot of cabernet sauvignon, which I knew I liked. So I figured, what the hell, they must be as related as a red and white grape can be.

And then I felt like a cow chewing cud when I took a sip. I'm not sure that I even finished that bottle. I may have poured it out — shocking, I know!

So for my trip back into the land of sauv blanc, I decided to steer away from the bolder New Zealand offerings and instead settle on something French — 2005 Bordeaux Trocard Sauvignon Blanc.

To be fair, it's a blend — 80 percent sauvignon blanc and 20 percent semillon.

But the sauv blanc grape carries the flavor. It's got a grassy, minerally backbone, but it's kind of underwhelming. I expected my nostrils to flare and my salivary glands to squirt in defense. Not so. It's actually a quite balanced wine, a little on the timid side, and very, very dry. So much so that on my first sip, I actually said aloud, "Well, THAT's interesting."

And it is. I can see how this would pair well with food — particularly chicken, I think. I have had such trouble finding a good wine for grilled or roasted chicken. Everything I think would be good turns out to overshadow the food a little too much. This wine seems content with whispering its charms.

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Blogger La C. said...

I know this is an old post but I absolutely love grenache with grilled chicken. But then again, I absolutely love grenache soooo

4/25/2007 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And an even OLDER comment!

Ha, sorry, recently back online.

Have you tried a pinot blanc? The one I tried the other night at Wine'N' Cheese was rather delicious. Arid and soft spoken. Too bad I can't remember the vintner or the vintage! There was a little too much jocularity for particulars. :)

LOVE the new pic of you imbibing, by the way.

5/30/2007 7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Missy, what's the deal? Aren't you drinking wine anymore? No you don't get too take breaks!

6/19/2007 7:45 AM  

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