Had this alongside the 2012 Phelps SB. Interesting comparison. The 09 is darker color, less aromatic, less acidic, less fruit, more grass, more vanilla, fuller bodied (mainly due to lower acidity). It's okay in its own right, but not very SB-like. Now I see why SB is meant to be drunk fairly young. I don't see enough interesting characteristics in the 09 to offset the loss of fruit and acidity.
Excellent level of acid for pairing with dishes such as white sauce pasta and fish. Aromas of green apples and lilac. Loved the fact that there was no presence of grass. I could easily restrict myself to only drinking this as my Sauvignon Blanc for the year.
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