Generally, really inexpensive wine tastes that way: It has a dull nose, very little flavor and finishes as flat as a table top.
Unless the juice has something noteworthy about it, I shy away from such wines as you get what you pay for.
But not always.
I have to share that the 2012 Vigilance Sauvignon Blanc from Red Hills in Lake County, Calif., has a few things special about it. First, it is really good with vibrant flavors that are all sauvignon blanc. The crisp, refreshing flavors include melon, lime and grapefruit notes with a zestiness that highlights the wine’s depth and richness. Second, being a 2012 offering, you are getting wine from a really great year. (I can’t wait until all the cabs arrive.)
Finally, the wine is $20 a bottle at the winery, but you can find it around these parts for less than $10 a bottle.
A few dishes to try it with include lime-marinated chicken or ceviche. It can be found at Buckeye Distributing in Columbus.
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Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers – www.gentiles.com – and the author of two books on wine.