Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Smoking Loon Sauvignon Blanc

Yeah, it's been a while since I posted a wine review. Ironically, we've probably been drinking more wine lately, since Leah's had over six months to get her drinking legs back under her. However, as the kids have become more of a handful, I find myself less motivated to review the wines after finishing off the bottle.

Excuses aside, tonight we busted out an old standby--Smoking Loon--to accompany our chicken and veggie kabobs. I'll admit I'm a sucker for Smoking Loon just for the corks (which read "“whooh whooh cough whooh”) and their wines are solid, if not spectacular, at a low price. This time we had the Cabernet Sauvignon.

It poured a pale honey color with a thin body. The aroma is what I would consider the standard white wine bouquet, sugary sweetness with hints of grape and green apple, and an acidic tang.

The taste is acidic up front, with a smooth honey-sweet fruitiness in the middle. There's also a hint of vanilla in it, with just enough alcohol and dryness in the finish to keep it from being too sweet. As I've experienced in the past, it's nothing amazing but solid for a cheap table wine. On the patented Chibebräu Wine scale (skip it, only if it's on sale, or buy it again), I would rate this one a buy it again, with the caveat that at its price point it also qualifies as "buy it if nothing else is on sale."

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