Super pale straw. Light candy fades to petrol and oak. Initially it smelled like CH but it traded the buttery component for a Gewurtz-like floral and petrol–which is a good thing. Fried egg, marinara, salted licorice, nothing huge–everything requires a search. I am not dis-liking this wine.
In the mouth, supple and round. Fleshy. Nothing explodes, just a nice slow grow to a spicy middle and bright finish. Banana and peach along the way, played against worn dollar-bills and the baseness of wet change. This wine plays a brilliant middle-ground between CH, Gewurtz and SB. There’s a smoky bacon element which would probably really screw with me blind. Not sure what I’d call it. Let’s just forget all varietal-correctness for a minute and call this a fun wine which will blow the socks off white-drinkers and raise the eyebrows of snobs.
2011 ICHANKA Sauvignon Blanc Argentina 13.5