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Weekly Wine – Nobilo

21 Oct

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Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc
2014
New Zealand
750ml
12.5% ABV
$9.99 (Delaware, USA)

This is another find in the Delaware discount liquor shop on highway 13. This too costs $16.95 in Ontario’s LCBO. But this is a much better Sauvignon Blanc than the Cupcake wine that I had. This has more of a body. It is more refined. It has a bit of an acidic aftertaste but that does not really distract from the enjoyment of the wine. This wine is mature and it has more of a presence on the palate than the other Kiwi wine. I’m referencing the Cupcake wine because I had it the day before I had this Nobilo so it is in my mind and a frame of reference. At the same price point – be it in the USA or in Canada, this one wins hands down.

Weekly Wine – Cupcake

30 Sep

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Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc
2014
New Zealand
750ml
13% ABV
$9.99 (Delaware, U.S.A.)

Bought this at one of those discount liquor stores in Delaware. This bottle costs $16.95 in Ontario, so even with the exchange rate it is still a very good deal – price-wise. The wine is ok. It tasted a bit raw and unrefined – like it should have sat in a barrel for a few more months to mature. It was a very fresh wine and not particularly outstanding. For ten bucks, yeah, it was good. For our 17 bucks – I don’t know.
I’ve had better wines, Sauvignon Blanc amongst them, for under ten bucks Canadian. This wine made me squint a bit at the bottle to see if it was really worth it. But not that this is a bad wine, it is okay – it just needs to mature a bit.