Wise Wine Review:
Kim Crawford New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (click for more info)
Score = 8.9/10 Points
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Today's special Wine Whore guest and good friend Britt takes over as he exposes his experience tasting Kim Crawford's Sauvignon Blanc:

"I was in a rather large wine store today where all the wines were separated by regions and I had no idea which region to pick from. I�m new to wine and would like to educate myself on tasting what all of those regions have to offer.

Today I picked the Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. So, I open the twist top enclosure and the sour apple aroma almost knocked me on the floor, not to mention the bitter taste. A little disappointed, I continued to swirl the wine in my glass until I found the smell to be less and less sour and it began to smell like sweet apples.

As I sipped the Sauvignon Blanc I started thinking about how the Whine Whore asked me to tell him what I though about it. I was very excited sniffing my wine trying to figure it out, and then I caught my mind drifting thinking about vineyards of green grapes with me in the middle enjoying a cool breeze. This is funny because I have never even been to a vineyard. I found myself feeling very relaxed."

Recommended Food Pairing:
"I decided to try the Kim Crawford with sushi tonight. This is where my wine experience changed. I followed the first piece of sushi with the wine and I was very impressed. I then found that I didn�t want to stop sipping because it was so good. I began trying to explain to myself that I needed to slow down, and savor the taste. You know when you�re at a restaurant and you don�t want to eat all your food because it�s so good and you don�t want it to be gone, that�s where I found myself. The sushi mixed with a touch of wasabi followed by the Sauvignon Blanc was unbelievable. Waiting to take my last piece of sushi I paused to pour one more glass."

Vintage Info:
"The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening and overnight to preserve flavours. Each block was kept separate throughout the various stages of the winemaking process. Fermentations were carried out at cool temperatures and when all tanks had completed ferment they were proportionately blended, fined, stabilised and bottled.

All these factors have resulted in the plethora of fruit flavours, power and complexity of this stunning wine"

Vintage: 2008
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: New Zealand
Sugar: 3.5 g/l
Total Acid: 7.1 g/l
pH: 3.34
Aging: N/A
Alcohol %: 12.9
Cost: $13/bottle (Get your own bottle!)

Wine Whore Score:

This Sauvignon Blanc comes in with a total of 35.5/40 points and an average score of 8.9/10. "Pick up the Sushi Shoreline combo and a bottle of Kim Crawford and you will not be disappointed. It is really that good�Enjoy!"

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Joe (joeshico) said...

I hate sushi no matter what wine is served with it. But I do enjoy a nice NZ Sauvignon Blanc with char-broiled salmon. Will have to find the Kim Crawford and give it a try.

The Wine Whore said...

I am a huge sushi fan but char-broiled salmon sounds like an even better suited companion to this one!

My stomach is growling just thinking about it... :)

Valerie said...

Absolute FAV - even among my 'non-wine drinking friends.' Took it to Super Bowl Sunday, served with my chicken and turkey sausage jambalaya - but am HUGE fan of Sauv Blanc w/ seafood! Friends are still asking about this wine to this day - and, I'm hearing they are finding it at Wal-Mart (I don't shop there often) for $14.99 in North Carolina.

The Wine Whore said...

Seafood is definitely the way to go with this one! If you happen to be shopping there, you absolutely have to let me know if you find it at Wal-Mart. Cheers!

Sonadora said...

Love this wine....just picked up a bunch at Costco for $14.99.

Anonymous said...

I am a fan too! Have you checked out their site? They offer 10 free music downloads of a bunch of different styles of music - listen to music while you drink your wine - pretty sweet. check it out - www.experiencekimcrawford.com

overabarrel said...

Costco had the Kim Crawford SB on sale last week, but even at their regular price, it's a huge bargain. This is my favorite SB. The price here in San Jose is 12.98. Worth lots more.

Alleigh said...

Great review...and great wine! By me, it's closer to $18, but still worth buying.

Kathy Howe said...

Kim Crawford SB is a wine that is consistently good. Everyone always like it. I try to keep a few bottles on hand during the summer for guests. Costco usually has the best price.

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