Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wine Wednesday: Brancott Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has been getting a lot of good press lately. Econo Boy and I already love Nobilo, and so when I saw the highly-rated Brancott 2007 Sauvignon Blanc at the local grocery store for $11 a bottle, I had to give it a try. The intriguing description on the back mentioned grapefruit, lime, peach, and bell pepper notes. "Right. Bell pepper. Whatever," I thought to myself as I paid for my find.

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A few nights later we uncorked this (actually, unscrewed the cap) with a chickpea curry. Wow. When they say "bell pepper," they're not kidding. The aroma and flavor of bell pepper wasn't overwhelming, but it was definitely there, adding some punch to a very delicate and citrusy white. It made me long for summer, when this would be just the right thing to drink on a miserably hot day.


Ruthie said...

Really? Bell Pepper? I spent several years working in coffee, where I was able to hone my coffee tasting to where I could actually taste the spicyness, or blue berries, or whatever in the coffee.. I haven't quite gotten there with the wines yet... this might be a fun one to try, I wonder if they sell it here.

karri said...

Your blog pretty much rocks! Great wine profiles, plus so much more. Thanks also for the reminder about Dorothy & John from the WSJ. Such great advice!

Can wait to read through all of your archives...

-karri (commenter from the Meg's A Practical Wedding)

Bride in Exile said...

Bell pepper, Ruthie, I swear! :-) I often don't detect the stranger tasting tags others described (does any wine really taste like wintergreen berries?) but the bell pepper in the Brancott was definitely not the literary invention of some guy writing wine bottle tags.

Thanks for the kind feedback, karri! And definitely read Dorothy & John for more suggestions on bargain wines, they have such a great approach.