Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ojai Santa Ynez Valley Sauvignon Blanc Westerly Vineyard 2006

Ojai, a well respected boutique winery in Central California, made its reputation off of its big boned and heady Syrah's. I hope to do a bit more extensive of an Ojai tasting, including a Syrah, some time this summer, but this occasion called for a simple but tasty match to wondefully fresh Arctic Char. Sauv Blanc in California is all over the radar and it can be difficult to know when a wine will be a proper effort or some unoaked plonk to pan off on tourists who can't afford the higher priced bottlings. Luckily, this was the former rather than the latter.

Good Sauv Blanc can have perhaps my favourite nose of any white wine. This delivers with a grassy, rich and round nose that opens into a palate of apple, butterscotch and rich minerals. The buttery yellow colour foretold the viscous texture and full mouthfeel. A very very good Sauvignon Blanc.

$38 at Marquis

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