Wednesday, July 22, 2009

2007 "Kiwi Cuvee" Sauvignon Blanc

I seem to be having some incredibly bad judgement at Trader Joe's lately. I knew this wine was going to be bad, but I liked the Now & Zen, which is from the same importer. I kept seeing this nestled with the rest of the French wines at TJ's, and thinking, WTF is that Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc doing there? So I figured (erroneously, I might add), that there was a chance that there would be nothing wrong with a 4$ Vin de Pays from the Loire Valley, trying to be a wine from New Zealand. So basically, the breakdown of all things French. This is not as bad as the Hangtime Bourgogne, but it is sad that some people will pick this up and think it's what Sauvignon Blanc is supposed to taste like. This wine has nothing on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, except that it's maybe a couple of dollars cheaper, and for sure doesn't have anything on Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume. The nose is typical of Sauvignon Blanc, with grassy, peppery (jalapeno??), green aromas. A hint of fruit too. Fruity in the mouth, but not enough acidity, and awfully sweet. Flabby, undefined, thin, and not much of a finish. No snap or verve at all. Blech. Kind of sad actually. I guess this demonstrates that consumers, including me, are sheep. And I'm a dumb-ass for not knowing better. D


jason said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll steer clear of this one.

Jeff said...

No problem...TJ's seems to have some landmines out there at the moment.