San Antonio Winery Maddalena Sauvignon Blanc 2006
When I first saw this wine I thought, “wow, a wine from Texas!”. After all, San Antonio IS in Texas, isn’t it?
Yeah … um … sometimes I’m not so smart.
With help from my reading glasses, a closer look at the label revealed that indeed the wine was from San Antonio Winery — a winery that happens to be located in Los Angeles, California.
But there are no vineyards in LA!
Perhaps — but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a winery.
In fact, San Antonio has been a winery since 1917, and is currently owned by the Riboli family. The Ribolis own vineyards in Napa Valley and Monterey, and also source grapes from Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara; Alexander Valley, Sonoma; and San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles — which is where this wine gets its grapes.
Specifically, the Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in “Steinbeck Vineyard“. Before you go Grapes of Wrath on me, go check the website yourself and let me know if you find any indication that the Ernst and Steinbeck families — who own / owned the vines — are in any way related to John Ernst Steinbeck. Hmm … a mystery for another day.
We’ll get Lt. Columbo on the case … meantime, the tasting notes.
Tasting Notes: Maddalena Sauvignon Blanc
Ripe aromas of apple, pear, herb, and a hint of ginger. Similar fruit on the palate â€“ ripe pear, peach, apple. Nice citrus flavor as well. Texture is very smooth, almost creamy. Attractive, zesty acidity makes this a good food wine. Drink it with pork, chicken, gamey fish, dishes accented by a mild cheese sauce. At about twelve bucks, this is a good value.
a-8 t-8 b-8 fc-8 v-7 ~ 89 Points
Winery: San Antonio / Riboli Family Wine Estates
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