Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Smoking Loon 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Smoking Loon 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99-$12.99, 86+ points, poured a bright brass color with a subtle green hue.
Cantaloupe, honeysuckle, and grapefruit aromas were okay.
Light-bodied with fair-plus acidity and flavors reflective of the aromas were a straight-forward yeoman's effort, and for nine bucks succeeded in delivering a white wine cable of complimenting steamed clams dipped in melted butter or most seafood cuisine.
Finished on a well integrated 13.5% alcohol and mild ginger notes.


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  1. Haven't had a bottle of Smoking Loon in years (any varietal), remember them as just vinous. Still, it amazes me of how they can produce a consistently, fairly decent wine for so cheap.

    1. VG: You might know better than me, but there are several mass producers (super market wines) Like Smoking Loon, Cupcake, Woodbridge aka: RM, and 90 Point wines (I'm sure there are those which will take exception) that succeed in bridging the threshold of good-enough, and there's a legitimate place for them; I wasn't disappointed in the Smoking Loon SB! Nothing cerebral about it either.

  2. Hey, even 'Two Buck Chuck' (when it really was two dollars) Chardonnay was swallowable (new word). Not great, but not horrible either. (The last Charles Shaw Chardonnay I had was the 2006). I'm not a wine snob.

    1. Neologisms are good!
      Your experience with 'Two Buck Chuck' surpasses mine! ;-)