2019 The Shepherd Sauvignon Blanc

  Hot days are made for cooler wines and Sauvignon Blanc almost always fits the bill.  But when you have a Sauvignon Blanc like this one that is so pure, straightforward and extremely easy to enjoy, you know you have hit the jackpot.  Don't mistake this as simple, because it isn't.  It is just very well made and exactly how we enjoy SB.   Shepherd Wines , aka Truchard Vineyards, presents a fine California example of this wildly popular grape.  Aromas of cooked pear, grapefruit and crisp linen resonate throughout the glass and intensify as the wine begins to warm.  Delicious and crisp citrus flavors lead to a zippy and memorable medium acidic finish.  Absolutely and easily a daily drinker! ABV:  13.9% Napa Valley, CA (Carneros Region) Suggested retail price:  $18.00 Drink The Bottles  score:  90/100

The Process

The wine tasting process

Wines are absolutely beautiful and are intended to be enjoyed.  Some people collect wines and we did at one point in my life, but then we learned something.  Eventually, some day, every single wine will eventually hit its peak and then begin the downward spiral to its death.  This is inevitable.  We have since decided that we would not go through life collecting wine and pulling out that "special" bottle on a special occasion.  Any day is a great day to ship a glass (or a bottle) of wine, right?

Some folks taste dozens of wines per day, spit them out, dump them and really don't enjoy them.  The life of a wine taster/blogger, huh?  Well, that's not us.  We open a bottle, sometimes decant the wine, swirl the heck out of it and taste it - really taste it.  There is no brown bag blind tasting.  We study the label, the aromas, the flavors and learn about the winemaker, the winery, the process, the history and the appellation.  We then provide you with an absolute honest review because we want you to experience what we do.  Let's enjoy this wine journey together and have fun while do so!

Just to be very clear......you won't find a wine on this blog that we wouldn't personally serve to our family and friends.  Sure, some wines taste better than others.  Everyone knows that.  But what you won't find here is a wine blog that trashes wines or the great folks who create them.  What is the point?  No, we not afraid of telling someone that their wine tastes like motor oil, but we just wouldn't tell the world that.  Instead, we are going to tell you of wines that are appealing to us and in turn, will probably appeal to you.  If a winery submits a wine sample* for notes and it doesn't appear, well.......... sometimes the silence is deafening!

*Sending wine samples does not guarantee that Drink The Bottles will be able to give each bottle some wings and share our thoughts on it.  The blog has really been gaining some ground and as much as we try to review every single bottle, it may not be possible.  Thanks for understanding.


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