Wine – 2005 Villard Estates Expresión Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

07172007.jpgFor the past few weeks, Tuesday night has turned into sushi night (from KOKO Japanese Restaurant on East Hastings here in Vancouver – if you’ve never been, you have to go; it’s been in the same family for 25 years and the quality is GREAT… thanks to my friend Erin for introducing me to it!). I pick up the food, bring it home and we have it with a bottle of wine. I’m liking this new ritual.

Anyhoo… what the sushi calls for is a wine that matches well with the fish, but it also runs into our personal desire(s) to have it grab us by our taste buds and make us buy it again. Although this wine was decent, it’s not one that we’ll be buying again anytime soon.

It has the regular SB pale, almost clear straw yellow colour. Its nose is actually the best part of the experience – it shows a tonne of citrus and tropical fruit as well as a bit of heat from the 14% booze.

It’s when the wine reaches your mouth that it disappoints… it just lacks that certain “oomph” at which the nose hinted. There is the mineral-laced fruit and a nice honey-tinged finish, but the wine lacked that middle structure – the zip and zing that the best Sauvignon Blancs have.

It is good, but there are a lot of other SB’s I’d rather be pairing with my meals. For the money, I’m still all over the 2006 Babich or the Brumont Gros Manseng-Sauvignon (I have to review the 2006 here soon).

$20 at Kitsilano Wine Cellars.

3 stars

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