https://desertwineguy.blogspot.com/2017/10/the-desert-wine-guy-wine-label.html) where I discuss the wine label in general and just how we have to be careful what we assume or are led to believe. I guess I should have read my own article because I myself just got fooled. I was out today at a big box Liquor store today and I was actually thinking about that particular article as I searched through the many different labels of Sauvignon Blanc. I wanted a wine from a real identified Vineyard to write an article about. Now, please don't get me wrong as there is nothing wrong with winemakers buying grapes from specific Vineyards and making wine. I have reviewed countless wines that were made that particular way. My problem comes when I try to get some information about the wine to put in my reviews and can find nothing. That isn't cool for me and it isn't cool for you, the reader either. Yeah I can tell you about what I am tasting but there is so much more that I can't tell you. Okay, anyway. There is no Baus Family Vineyards. The name is owned by Great Domains & Estates LLC. which is located in Windsor, California. According to Buzzfile (http://www.buzzfile.com/business/Beverage-Alcoholic-Consultant-716-568-8096) Great Domains & Estates LLC is "engaged in importing activities at this facility". Well anyway, I was indeed fooled but I still do have a wine to review so let's get to it.
Today's wine is the 2016 Baus Family Sauvignon Blanc - Private Reserve. The wine cost me about $15 and came in at 13% Alcohol. Let me go ahead and pour the wine into my glass and see what I can find out about this wine. The wine sits almost crystal clear in my glass and there is nothing else to say about it. As I have said before though, that doesn't really mean anything as I have had many wines that were unimpressive in the glass and yet turned out to be very good. While the visual presentation of wine is considered very important to some, to me it is not that high up there in importance. Moving to the nose now I found the wine had a rather nice tropical fruit Bouquet to it. Honeydew defenitly took the lead here by a slim margin followed closely by the rather nice note of Lemon Grass type spiciness. On the back end is a note of White Peach that is in it's rightful place judged by the lack of prominence on the nose. What I found here is that eventually all of the notes of this wine all come together once the wine sat open in the glass for a short time. I have actually come across a lot of wines that whose initial Bouquet is dominated by this note or that note but settle down rather quickly and nicely to where you would be hard pressed to find one particular note that dominates. This wine also has a unique note on the nose of almost like a baked goods or Buttery type note that you must search to find but if you persist and take the time to break down what you are sensing inhaling you will indeed be rewarded with it. Overall however this wine exposes the drinker to enjoy a wine who exhibits slight fruit notes on the nose.
Wrapping up this review now I will tell you that this is a Sauvignon Blanc that you would expect to find from a wine grown in a climate that is not subjected to great heat. The wine was sort of a mix between a Brazilian or Chilean Sauvignon Blanc a New Zealand-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with it's tropical notes and the Mondavi-influenced Fumé Blanc and a more rounded wine with with melon notes. Where exactly the grapes for this wine are grown is unknown as I can find nothing (including photos) on the Vineyards or anything else for that matter while I searched the Internet. Whomever put this wine together did a nice job however as I have given it 89 points on The Desert Wine Guy rating scale.
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