Having previously enjoyed the 2006 Oberon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, we decided to pick up a bottle of the 2008 Oberon Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc to go along with a recent dinner.
As a reminder, Oberon Wines are produced by Rob Mondavi, Jr. and include Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. The wines are purposefully designed to be consumed in the shorter term and Oberon sources fruit from several prime Napa Valley AVAs, including Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap and other “emerging sub-appellations”.
The wine had classic Sauvignon Blanc notes on the nose–grass, followed by citrus. On the palate we got slight hints of butterscotch and lemon and made note of the overall weightiness, which was a pleasant surprise and is not something found with all Sauvignon Blancs.
We paired the wine with a spicy Chinese chicken salad and found that it held up quite well. We could also see it working well with other Asian cuisines such as Thai or even sushi.
Grapes from several outstanding Napa Valley vineyards brought bright natural acidity and fresh flavors to our Oberon Sauvignon Blanc. With floral aromatics and layered flavors of green apple, tart kiwi, melon and pear, it is perfect for enjoying with both food & friends or, if you choose, completely unaccompanied.
We picked up the ’08 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc from Folio Enoteca at Oxbow Public Market in Napa for $15 per 750ml bottle.
A solid Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc that at the $15 price point won’t disappoint. Pair it with hearty salads, Asian cuisine and seafood.
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