Great White Wines in The 2006 Vintage

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007 at 12:00 am

One of the enjoyable activities in wine tasting is that we get to taste the finest wines fresh from production. This year is no different, as we get to sample the wines that were manufactured in 2006. Here, during the wine’s infancy, we get to determine the wine’s potential to become mature and more palatable.

Let’s take a look at some of the vintage 2006 white wines that are getting all the raves.

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2006 Hanna Estate Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc – This Californian wine, grown from Russian River Valley, emphasizes fruit in the aromas and mid palate with a finish broadened by malolactic fermentation. It is fresh and quaffable with distinctive lime, grass, pear, and a murmur of basil. Best recommended for freshly-caught trout. This was given a score of 93 points from Wine and Spirits, costing around $16.

2006 Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – This wine from New Zealand appears pale straw with touches of green. A few whiffs would remind one of cut grass and tropical fruits, classically Sauvignon characters. The flavor unfolds of passionfruit, gooseberry, and subtle herbaceousness. The wine is mouthfilling with good texture and finishes well with cleansing acidity and great length. This was given a score of 92 points from Wine Spectator, costing around $17.

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2006 Petaluma Riesling – Petaluma has become one of the most popular wine brands in Australia, and its recent Riesling product is no exception. It is crisp in nature and generous in flavor. This is a seductive mouthful of Bosc pear, white peach, lime, and green tea flavors, with a lingering and polished finish. It also possesses depth and a distinctive character. Only 500 cases were imported so you need to purchase as soon as possible. This was given a score of 91 points from Wine Spectator, costing around $21.

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2006 Selene Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyard – The Hyde Vineyard of Selene Wines is located in Carneros Region of Napa Valley. Its 2006 Sauvignon Blanc comes in a specially-shaped bottle to commemorate its 15th anniversary. The fragrance of this wine reminds one of honeysuckle and jasmine, as well as some notes of tropical fruits such as nectarine, pear, honeydew melon, papaya, and pineapple. It is intense and complex, with fleshy peach, mango, Meyer lemon, tangerine, melon, pear, and spice notes. All of these developed fruit translates well on the palate, which is marked by creamy mixture and balanced by crisp acidity. Only 1900 cases were made so you need to purchase as soon as possible. This was given a score of 91 points from Wine Spectator, costing around $30.

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2006 Mulderbosch Sauvignon Blanc – A freshly-done white wine from South Africa, this 100% Sauvignon Blanc has a nice, lean, and crackling style, bursting of Key lime, gooseberry, straw, and herb flavors. It possesses a clear and lively green apple hues, with aromas of guava, ripe and green fig, granadilla, litchi, gooseberry, and a hint of green pepper. All these while maintaining a complex character of nettle and freshly cut grass. Only 8,500 cases imported, so you need to purchase as soon as possible. This was given a score of 90 points from Wine Spectator, costing around $20.