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February 24, 2006

Sauvignon Blanc, but no Bob


(Yes, this picture stinks but it's better than nothing. Apologies.)
Next stop on our February 2006 wine tour (oops, I just wrote 2004. What happened to the last two years????) was Mauritson Winery, 2859 Dry Creek Road.
The Mauritson family has been around these parts forever, growing grapes in the Dry Creek Valley since the 1870s. They sold their fruit to Sonoma County wineries until 1998, when they decided to start making wines themsevels. They produced their first vintage that year: a Dry Creek Zinfandel
We tasted a 2002 Dry Creek Zin while we were there (at $24 it doesn't cut our $20 and under rule) and I found it pretty nice. I tasted some jam and vanilla and blackberry. It was a pretty balanced wine, too.
The 2004 Sauvignon Blanc, ($16) a hit with a couple of people we talked to that day, was not my favorite. I found it lemony and crisp, which I like, but too sweet. Jim liked it. He agreed with the winery's description: the bright pink grapefruit aromas in the nose are accented by dried apricot and fresh cut hay. The vibrant mouth feel gives way to clean balanced acidity in the back of the palate.
Before we left, a woman sitting on a stool next to us brought up her favorite Mauritson's employee, Bob. Bob is apparently a lot of fun, so next time ask for him by name!

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Posted by Blogpire Productions at February 24, 2006 2:47 PM
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