Thursday, June 18, 2015

Wine Review: Baron Cooper 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

If you haven't read my review of the Baron Cooper Cabernet Sauvignon yet, here's a quick summary: After showing my love of canines and my dislike of felines, I displayed my disapproval of either of them being put to death. The wines of Baron Cooper sends 5% of their earnings to the Best Friends Animal Society which focuses solely on putting an end to killing cats and dogs in shelters. I am so behind that.

Cooper is a Manchester terrier that was rescued from a shelter and was so emotionally scarred from his past experiences that he was even afraid of a bouncing ball. Today he's much happier and playful and his rescuers, the Habashi family, created this wine brand in his honor.

The winery is based out of Lodi, which is in the north of Central Valley, California. The grapes are sourced from other places, which is more typical than most people think.

So the Cabernet Sauvignon, whose grapes were from the warmer valley floor areas of California, fared pretty well. It's a lighter style of Cabernet but has that warm climate flavor profile. I gave it a 3/5 (Satisfying) for price vs quality, and a 5/5 (Highly Recommended) when the cause was factored in.

The grapes for their Sauvignon Blanc come from the cooler coastal regions, so we're talking about anywhere along the coast from Mendocino down to Santa Barbara. But the exact areas where they're gathered from doesn't really matter. I only looked into specifics because I like to be as accurate and informative as possible.

Baron Cooper and Linda Habashi
The color is the usual light straw color of Cali SB. Nothing out of the ordinary there.

The nose has some nice minerality that's so fine that it's more of a dustiness. There's also pineapple candy, white peach, bell pepper and buttercup peddles.

The body is really smooth and silky. The acidity is clearly there but it doesn't bite. There's flavors of stone fruits like white peach and nectarine, while seed fruits like kiwi and white table grapes join in, and asparagus plays along the edges of the tongue. The finish has a slatey minerality with a continuation of the white peach theme.

This Sauvie is very enjoyable and the whole bottle went down much quicker than most wines that I review. I completely devoured it.

What I loved most about this wine is that it's not too much of anything. Sauvignon Blanc tends to have that problem of too much of one thing, whether it's too much minerality, grapefruit, grass, acidity or whatever. There's usually one specific area that it goes overboard. The balance that is maintained here while keeping interest throughout the whole bottle can only be summed up as a job well done.

Like the Cabernet, I've got to give this one two ratings.

Price: $20
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended.


When you add the cause to quality it goes up a rating. As I stated in the Cabernet review, most wines with a cause aren't really all that good and they're a few dollars more than the quality of the wine would indicate so it can raise that money for said cause, which is completely fair. But this is an excellent Sauvignon Blanc that would be worth every cent even if it didn't also donate money to the Best Friends Animal Society, so the fact that it does makes it even better.

Price: $20
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended.
(what does that mean?)


The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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