Wine is always a welcome gift, it gives us the opportunity to try something new and to learn more about wines that entice our family and friends.
A bottle of the 2010 Hall Winery T Bar T Ranch Alexander Valley Sauvignon Blanc came as a gift from my brother after his trip to Napa Valley last year. Hall is winery that I have heard a lot about from other friends, but never had the chance to try.
The $30 wine is a light straw color in the glass and smells great, with a bright floral and citrus (lemon) nose. It is a complex Sauvignon Blanc that almost tastes as if it was aged for a short time in oak barrels, as it has a combination of citrus and light oak. Unlike many New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s, it does not have the grass flavor that so often comes with the grape. Hall has done a great job of mellowing the wine.
If you have the chance to try it, go for it—the 2012 is still available! It is excellent. (Rating: Very Good)