Damiani “Little Lotus Flower” Sauvignon Blanc 2016: $22 Good+ to Very Good

The Damiani Wine Cellars “Little Flower” Sauvignon Blanc (Finger Lakes, NY) 2016 $22 [Good+ to Very Good] is not the sort of Sauvignon Blanc most tasters would recognize.  There is very little of the 3Gs -- grapefruit, gooseberry and grassy notes -- that most people associate with the grape.  Instead, this wine is round, subtley influenced by oak aging, with honeyed nutty flavors.  Not very satisfying as a sipper, this bottle is best with food.

Medium straw yellow in color, the aromas have a plump and creamy quality, with scents of honeyed apple, nuts, apricot and smoky loam.  Full bodied, dry, with a full mouth feel, balance is good.  Ripe honeyed flavors of apple, ripe apricot, nuts, citrus, and smoky mineral are sometimes hard to grasp, but the flavors come into clearer focus with extended aeration. The wine works better with food.  Length is good.  April 2018

Note: Decant this wine for several hours, if possible.  Try it with Stir-Fried Chicken and Green Pepper with Cumin and Cilantro.


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