Idaho Tasting – Cinder Wines 2014 Sauvignon Blanc

The Idaho Wine Commission sent us a mixed case of the group’s wines, and we’ve been tasting them and featuring some of the winemakers.

Getting wine samples can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a little dicey. So there was some significant relief when we tasted the Cinder Wines 2014 Small Lot Series Sauvignon Blanc. We love sauv blanc and this was one worth drinking regularly.

Michael noted that the color was clear and pale yellow. The nose was lightly scented, but without some of the funkier notes that sauv blanc can get (often called boxwood, gooseberry or cat pee, never mind that no sauv blanc we’ve had has ever smelled anything close to cat pee).

The flavor was dry and crisp, just the way we like it. Michael got some flavors of lemon and pear and noted that it was juicy with clean fruit.

Not only is this a nice sipping wine on a warm evening, it’s a great food wine. We drank ours with a vegetable risotto and it was perfect.

P.S. Happy Beaujolais Nouveau release day. We normally do a post on this fun little new wine at this time of year, but this post got bumped for the Marisa Taylor GoFundMe.com repeat back in September. We still love the Beaujolais Nouveau for Thanksgiving – the lighter new wine works well with just about everything on your Thanksgiving table. But we also like merlot and sauvignon blanc, too.

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