Good Morning Gentle Readers,
Parker was ebullient, bestowing 90 points on the 2007 Frei Brothers Sauvignon Blanc.....
The outstanding 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is about as good as this varietal can be.
Spectator? Not quite so generous with a throw away 88 points.....
Subtle, with fresh slate, grapefruit, tangerine and mango flavors that are ripe and mouthwatering, with just the right touch of acidity and a clean, refreshing profile. Drink now.
88? TWC is frequently amused with the 100 point scale because it is but a simple Jedi mind trick. There is no 100 point scale. There is only a 15 point scale because anything below 85 points is, well, Night Train, or worse. [raises eyebrows and chuckles to himself]
Excuse the digression. More to the points (heh) 88 points is weak, this is a good wine. Crisp, clean, minerally. Medium bodied with citrus, apples, a hint of tropical fruits. All of which adds up to a wine that pairs perfectly with mesquite grilled shrimp served with drawn garlic butter.
The Frei Sauvignon Blanc hails from the Russian River Valley appellation of Sonoma where morning fog and hazy afternoon sunshine provide a long mellow growing season and the perfect micro-climate for the grapes.
TWC rarely assigns a numerical score to a wine but when he does it goes something like this:
- 96-100 Varying Degrees of Perfection
- 93-95 Superb! Wow!
- 91-92 Excellent Wine-Often Special Occasion Wine
- 88-90 Drinkable Every Day Wine
- 85-87 You Pay Your Money & You Take Your Chances
- 75-85 Boone's Farm
- 0-75 Thunderbird & Night Train