Maddalena 2008 Sauvignon Blanc


Courtesy San Antonio Winery


The Maddalena 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, from San Antonio Winery in Los Angeles, is a perfect example of what former Wall Street Journal wine columnists John Brecher and Dorothy Gaither used to call a summer gulper – the sort of wine that you pour while making dinner to quench your thirst after a long, hard slog in the salt mines.

The color was very, very light, practically clear.  The nose was the weird part.  Some folks in the wine trade call it gooseberry, some call it cat box (although, trust us, it does not smell anything like the boxes our cats use).  Either way, Michael caught a light trace of it, along with some lichee nut.

The gooseberry and the lichee, in particular, followed through in the taste.  Otherwise, it had a nice, light body and mouthfeel, even though it was bone dry.  The acids were nice and crisp, think biting into a green apple, then tasting a touch of minerals.  Again, it’s a summer wine you want to drink with, say, some light, mild cheeses and crackers while you figure out what you’re going to do with those still-frozen chicken breasts.

You can find it and more information about the winery at San Antonio Winery’s website, www.

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