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 Vintage2010 Label 1 of 97 
ProducerCloudy Bay (web)
VarietySauvignon Blanc
CountryNew Zealand
RegionSouth Island
UPC Code(s)081753809423

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2013 (based on 22 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.2 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 254 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by _Xenon on 4/19/2015 & rated 91 points: When I tried this wine directly after release I was heaviliy disappointed. Overprized, nothing special compared to other Sauvignon Blancs in that pricerange.

But this one has evloved into a nutty, almond smelling and tatsting round and complex wine.

The drinking window is closing. Enjoyed it. (1836 views)
 Tasted by sembefu on 2/3/2015 & rated 87 points: Poped and poured. Partly over the peak, alcohol seemed to dominate next to the black currant and cut crass taste, all in all the package was not in balance. Drink now. (2158 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 4/14/2014 & rated 90 points: Seemed more like my tasting notes of 10/11/2011. Did not seem as complex as the 4/24/2012 tasting. It's still a decent wine, but is now on the downward slope of its drinking plateau. I'll consume my last bottle fairly soon. (5632 views)
 Tasted by avp on 4/6/2014: A nose of currant leaf, lemon, grapefruit, rhubarb and welcomed asparagus.
Dry and crisp palate with zesty lemon bite, tart grapefruit and varied fruit character with notes from currant and rhubarb to peaches. Lengthy.
Opening up nicely. (5308 views)
 Tasted by empire80 on 1/4/2014 & rated 88 points: A decent Sauvignon but not outstanding. (6361 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 12/23/2013 & rated 91 points: Similar to prior TNs. Less acidic than earlier bottles. Light yellow/straw color. Down to one bottle left in a case. All of the raters say drink right away, but that seems an aggressive view given how good the last 2-3 bottles have been. This wine has always been a hit when I poured it at a party. Something about it makes it a crowd pleaser. (4940 views)
 Tasted by Wine150 on 11/30/2013 & rated 91 points: last but one out of 12, drinking well, but with finish 2010 by years end (4920 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 8/26/2013 & rated 91 points: The 10th bottle from a case. Early bottles were a bit too acidic. All of that has resolved. It is now very balanced and tasty. Good for both sipping and with food. (3824 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 8/25/2013 & rated 91 points: The wine is a light, pale yellow to straw color. The fresh and tropical nose has lime, grapefruit, minerals, fresh cut grass, and orange blossoms. This has light body with tart, citrusy acidity. On the palate the crisp fruit and minerals steal the show with the grapefruit notes giving way to lime with a nice herbal edge. The finish has very good length with the lime and grapefruit allowing minerals and herbal elements to poke through. As usual, another outstanding offering from Cloudy Bay. (3364 views)
 Tasted by Higgie on 7/30/2013 & rated 87 points: Very tasty and balanced Sauvignon blanc. (2728 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 7/27/2013 & rated 90 points: Ljósgult. Sítrus, perubrjóstykur og hunang. Smjörugt í lokin. Mjög gott sumarvín. (2637 views)
 Tasted by mtrevithick on 7/12/2013 & rated 90 points: Always nice. (2219 views)
 Tasted by christhewino on 6/1/2013 & rated 88 points: Better than the last bottle and still smoother, tastier & generally better than every other NZ Sauv Blanc I've tasted but still slightly disappointing. I can't really explain why, perhaps it's just me and Sauv Blanc. (2057 views)
 Tasted by casjf on 5/20/2013 & rated 85 points: Either this was better a year ago or my palate is more refined... (2140 views)
 Tasted by XminusS on 4/20/2013 & rated 92 points: - Yellow gold color with medium forming legs. It's balanced with a medium/full body with a medium finish. (2457 views)
 Tasted by Barry Notes on 4/1/2013 & rated 90 points: PnP. Clear, very light straw color. Typical CB/SB, clean, fresh, very fruity, proper/rather intense flavor profile, not grassy/pineapple. Fine finish. My favorite NZ SB producer. Nothing off. $20. (2868 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 3/23/2013 & rated 89 points: TQKP Dinner / Eunice's Farewell (Li Bai, Sheraton Towers, Singapore): I have not had a Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (save for a few bottles of Te Koko) for a couple of years, so this was a good chance to get reacquainted with a label that really helped to spark my interest in wine in the mid-1990s. Unfortunately, this bottle, while pleasant enough, was nothing special - a bit meh really. It had a typical Marlborough SB nose, with tropical touches of green mango and guava along with some green asparagus scents and a little whiff of cat's pee. Given the couple of years or so in bottle, the palate showed a bit of developed richness, with a spicy warmth running through its very tropical notes of green mangoes and guava, with some citrussy lime pulling towards a pretty decent finish. There was a nice bright balance in spite of its ripe warmth, and it was a decent drink with a Cantonese meal, but I thought this was very run-of-the-mill. (3461 views)
 Tasted by WineGuyFL on 3/6/2013 & rated 90 points: Drinking well. Not tiring at all. Better the second night. Also, the fruit and flavors were more evident and fresh than with two bottles I drank in the second half of 2012 (2349 views)
 Tasted by Engelund on 2/16/2013 & rated 89 points: Dejlig frisk og sprřd. God syre og mundrensende. Perfekt til hvidvinsdampede muslinger. Mums (2317 views)
 Tasted by avp on 1/21/2013: White fruit nose with notes of pitahaya and whitecurrant. Some grapefruit, slight petrol and herbs.
Dry and a bit watery palate with barely adequate acidity. Round and fruity with Muscat-like green grape touch. Grapefruit dominant with some herbaceousness. Mid-length.
Needs time. Going through a dull phase. (2868 views)
 Tasted by Andrewbdc on 1/19/2013 & rated 90 points: Very similar note to the last bottle tasted - still drinking very nicely indeed. On second night, flavour was if anything fuller and more rounded. Tropical notes more evident, weightier palate, longer finish. Excellent wine although PQR is questionable. (2145 views)
 Tasted by MarcoAzevedo on 12/14/2012 & rated 92 points: The best Cloudy Bay I've had, for sure, as I suspected with the last bottle. Together with the well integrated accidity, watermelon and an obvious lychee. (2634 views)
 Tasted by Gabriel & Priscila on 9/13/2012 & rated 87 points: Citric fruits in the nose, crisp, dry, palat. Beatiful. (3644 views)
 Tasted by Engelund on 9/8/2012 & rated 90 points: Som ved tidligere smagninger. Drukket til nřdder, ost, brřd og lidt skinke. Perfekt match (3457 views)
 Tasted by thomasthoustrup on 8/15/2012: awesome white. typical sauvignon notes of passion fruit, grassy, tropical flavours. dont drink too cold (below 10, too much of its character disappears). i would drink at 10-12 degrees C. (3616 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, September/October 2011, IWC Issue #158
(Cloudy Bay Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough) Subscribe to see review text.
By Richard Hemming
JancisRobinson.com (5/4/2011)
(Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/9/2010)
(Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough White) Subscribe to see review text.
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