Floral. Grassy. Herbaceous. If you were to read the tasting notes of your average Marlborough, New Zealand sauvignon blanc, you would find these words repeated over and over. All sauvignon blancs are dry; as a general rule, none more so than those from New Zealand. The flavors are more subtle, the dryness more predominant. Needless to say, such wines are usually meant to accompany food, particularly seafood, rather than being quaffed on their own. Today, we are considering a Texas blanc in the Marlborough style, specifically the Messina Hof Sauvignon Blanc.
The robe of the Messina Hof Sauvignon Blanc is precisely mixed: Three parts the color of Rose's Lime Juice to two parts the color of RealLemon. As previously indicated, the nose reveals definite, if subtle, floral and grass leanings. The taste is clean and woody at once, sort of like eating metallic honeysuckle, with a slight minty citrus finish. Seafood? Of course. The stronger the flavor of the fish, the better it matches. Website is http://www.messinahof.com/, which also advertises an unoaked chardonnay among the many offerings. (Note to self: Must try it.) Inhale a bottle soon, and remember:
LIFE IS TOO SHORT FOR MEDIOCRE FOOD!!!