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Burnside Road - Sauvignon Blanc
Okay for the price. Drinks like a typical SB from a warm climate (e.g., zesty tangerine, citrus, etc. rather than gooseberries, herbs, etc.). Okay to try once, but wouldn't buy again.
A noticeable improvement over the last bottle, this was more corpulent and showed ample Bordeaux typicity. The only nit I would pick - and it's a small one - is that it was completely void of brett, an element I actually enjoy (in small amounts) in Old World wines. Nevertheless, this was a terrific value for the price, and I would it buy again.
Delas Freres - St Joseph Cuvee Francois de Tournon
Rather disappointing. Low acidity and lazy on the palate. Dull. Tasted cooked. Any flavors or tannins I was able to detect were modern in character and didn't reflect the appellation's terroir. Won't buy again.
Castle Rock - Sauvignon Blanc Mendocino
Menthol-cool and refreshing, with a floral bouquet and silky mouthfeel. Simple but satisfying. A "pretty" rendition.
Pierre Amadieu - Gigondas Domaine Romane-Machotte
Big and heady yet balanced. Becomes more liquer-like and earthy with air but not overly so, showing espresso, mulberry and garrigue. Perfect now, and should hold until 2019.