Nose - 90. Full fruited, with notes of peach and apple. Palette - 90 - abit of peach, some apple, some astringency. The nose developed some complexity after 1/2 hour in the glass, but the palette did not change.
Found this one hiding, and happy that we did. Medium gold; grassy, green apple nose. Still some spritz and acidity. Herbaceous, mineral, green apple and pronounced grapefruit flavours. Worked well with garlic-lime chicken.
What a surprise, this bottle got moved in my cellar and I just found it. I didn't expect much from a 7+ year old SB. Very nice grapefruit nose, not as pronounced as when this wine was young, much more subtle almost like a grapefruit preserve with some background minerality. A very mellow grapefruit taste with a richer mouth feel than expected. The finish at first was very long but after having been open for a half hour it had shortened (or my palate had fatigued). (N.B. this wine was stored from purchase at 54 degrees.) An entirely different wine (and very pleasurable in a different way) than it was 5 years ago. Sometimes it's fun losing track of a bottle.
This is my last "older" CB. I have come to the conclusion to drink these within the first year or so. They lose the intense florals, and freshness, and become more bell peppery, and veggie. This 2002 is not bad, just not as great at release. Has tart apple, grapefruit, melon fruit....celery, bell pepper, lemon/lime citrus acid. Creamy with vanilla Mellon, yet sharp with citrus acidity. Very edgy...not the lush florals like you get young. Fading.
Tasted this iconic SB with a very summery meal with tomatoes as the common theme: started with tomtatoes with boccincini and fresh basil, then gazpacho, then a pasta salad. I didn't take notes, but the wine had held up very well. No dreaded canned asparagus notes, but it had developed more lime flavours than earlier bottles. No loss of acidity either, but it was well integrated. Still crisp and clean, and medium-full bodied. Went really well with all the dishes, especially the gazpacho (A-). Will it last much longer? Hard to say, but I think it could still be enjoyable for a couple more years, maybe even longer.
Very happy with this. Great expression of NZ Sauvignon, well worth the price and hype. Don't let the rather light, pale yellow color fool you, it's tangy, crisp and perfect with food (in our case sea salmon in foil with garlic-lime sauce). The nose of pineapples and peaches gets replaced by a powerful green apple once it touches your palate, very long and complex.
I was afraid we were drinking this past its prime but it is still a lovely wine, great grassy typical NZ SB nose, which I love. The acids had definitely calmed down letting more fruit emerge. Great to sip and also with the baked clams.
Before dinner on it's own, and just as good as previously noted. This wine seems to unwind slightly with a bit of age, and while not gaining complexity, keeps all of the sweet fruit and loses some of the tart fruit. I like it now!
Still a delight to drink, but losing some of its vibrancy. Grassy nose has mellowed into hay and asparagus. Still lots of citrus (notably grapefruit), but has addded a slightly creamy lychee undertone. The finish fans out with a whisper rather than a buzz. Drink up.
Took my last bottle of this over to Rick and Aileen's where we had it as a before dinner aperitif. This bottle was just as good as the others and I am sorry to see them go. Both the aroma and palate on this wine are complex and it is refreshing with some serious acidity that is supported by great fruit. I've heard the 2003's aren't as nice. I'll find out soon.
This last bottle of three was something of a revelation for me. Finally, it seemed like the extreme grassiness and tropical fruit had calmed down just slightly and integrated into a more complex whole, with, it seemed, a longer finish. I was very impressed. Very Good+.
great. this is one of the better years of CB. typical flavours, but revved up intensity. drank on it's own the first night, and in the fridge overnight. the next day had Mom's creamed asparagus on toast and this was perfect.....
Pale yellow colour. Expressive nose of grapefruit, fresh cut grass, lemon, and gooseberry. Medium-bodied, fresh tasting, with great acidity. Citrus (grapefruit/lemon) notes follow from nose. Moderate finish, ~30s.
Had a bottle of this with Roasted Dungeness Crab at Thanh Long (off their wine list). What a wonderful wine this is. It cut right through the ample butter and garlic of the crab preparation, and was refreshing and delicious. I had a full 1/2 bottle, something I rarely do. What a meal.
The nose bursts out of the glass with strong notes of grass, black currant leaves, and grapefruit. This is what Sauvignon Blanc should smell like. The palete gives up grapefruit, generous and refreshing acidity, minerals, and buttery oak with a long and satisfying finish. This is a delightful and superior wine.
Tasted at Blayne & Sharon's. My oh my, how my palate has changed over the past year. This was exquisite with ash and intense green grass. The palate is razor focused with stunning notes of grapefruit and intense minerality throughout. This is a very distinct expression of Sauvignon Blanc. I still like Sancerre more, but wow this was stunningly crisp and refreshing.
Pale yellow. Beautiful nose of grapefruit, lychee, lime, and grass. Crisp, slightly sweet from the fruit. Medium-bodied with gooseberry and citrus flavours. Good acidity with a medium-length finish. Not quite as good as the 2001. Served with a mixed grill of lobster tails, pancetta-wrapped scallops, and shrimp.
Tasted at the Denver offline with WIML on 5/12/03. One of the before dinner wines.
The color in this wine is pretty light. Citrus is evident on the nose, especially grapefruit. On the palate, this wine is herbaceous, light and fruity. Grass, grapefruit, and other citrus flavors make themselves known, and one taster noted passion fruit. Short to medium finish, this one is a nice summer quaffer.
Since I have not tried other vintages of this wine, I cannot make a comparison with them. However, I also had this when in Las Vegas at the Rio, and the grassiness did not seem as pronounced this time. A very good summertime wine, but I question its value compared to other NZ Sauvignon Blancs.
Pale whitish yellow color. Subdued aroma of green apple and a bit of mineral. Medium concentrated with white flower, spice, and green apple on the palete. Complex and balanced. Wonderful Sauv Blanc. 3/03
Wonderful aromas of fresh mown grass, basil, crisp green bell pepper, and (this year) orange blossoms (or definitely something floral/sweet). The fruit is aggressive and immediately fills your mouth on the attack. Lime, kiwi, honeydew melon and minerals. Vibrant, but clean, acidity slams the door shut on the finish. I like my Cloudy Bays best when they're raw and unbroken, like this here bronco.