A crisp and fresh organic sauvignon blanc from Bonterra.

A crisp and fresh organic sauvignon blanc from Bonterra.

It has been a bit since I’ve posted anything about wine… my sincerest apologies. It’s been a busy time, but wine has still been flowing. Here’s a look at an organic sauvignon blanc we recently tried out.

Bonterra 2013 Organic Sauvignon Blanc

Bonterra wines are made from organic grapes grown in Mendocino County – an area leading the state in its acreage of organic vines. Mendocino has great soil and climate for grape growing, and Bonterra is making the most of that fact through tried and true organic farming practices.

Sliced tomatoes and peppers topped with olive oil and basil pair perfectly with the Bonterra sauvignon blanc on a warm evening. 

Sliced tomatoes and peppers topped with olive oil and basil pair perfectly with the Bonterra sauvignon blanc on a warm evening. 

Fresh apricots and labneh. 

Fresh apricots and labneh. 

The 2013 sauvignon blanc is a 60-40 blend of Mendocino County and Lake County grapes. I opened it up on a warm and lazy Sunday. Instead of cooking, I sliced up fruits and veggies and put out some hummus and labneh. The simple and graze-worthy spread needed something uncomplicated, light and chilled – maybe a pinot grigio, but I was leaning toward the sauvignon blanc. In such as case, I am usually drawn to a sauvignon blanc because they tend to be reliably dry and delicate. Bonterra’s fits that profile to a T. The aroma is crisp and fresh – think green apples and grass. As opposed to being overly tropical, on the palate there is even more apple and citrus. There is nothing heavy or remotely syrupy about this wine. It’s truly a refreshing white wine perfect for spring and summer evenings. The Bonterra site lists it as $14, but I picked it up for $10.

(In addition to this sauvignon blanc, I had a taste of their cabernet sauvignon at a friend’s the other day. It was also quite good. More to come on this organic collection out of Mendocino County.) 

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