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Wine in the World’s Largest Democracy

There are always certain stereotypical visuals that cross one’s mind upon the mention of a country’s name. Mention France and you see a guy (of course with a French beard), holding a baguette, staring blankly at the Eifel Tower as he adjusts the tip of his beret! Similarly for India, it is IT solutions, Bollywood, the ‘spicy’ Indian cuisine, and Taj Mahal that are the most common exports. And do we associate wines with India? Not quite.
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2009 le Jaja de Jau Sauvignon Blanc

It has a light nose, with fresh, sweet herbs. At first it feels light on the palate, but it settles into a solidly medium mouththfeel. Citrusy, too, with a somewhat short finish and a moderate amount of acidity around the edges through the end. Only 11.5% alcohol, but this wine acquires more depth with foods such as salads and fish. Recommended. BSE
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2009 Mason Sauvignon Blanc

Nose of pink grapefruit and apple, with a very slight back hint of spice—cinnamon, maybe? Very clean and rich on the palate, with elements of the pink grapefruit and peaches. The fruit is very expressive—this is not an austere, steely Sauvignon Blanc. Finishes long and clean. Impressive. Try with grilled shrimp. Highly recommended. GT
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2009 Vintisquero Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva Queulat

This is a pretty impressive Sauvignon Blanc. Pink grapefruit, white flowers, and cut grass waft up out of the glass. The pink grapefruit is joined on the mid-palate by softer, more tropical fruit, perhaps mango, white flowers, again, moving toward white grapefruit on the finish. Drink with fresh flounder. Highly recommended.
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2010 Château La Freynelle Bordeaux Blanc

Very pretty floral and stone fruit aromas waft up from the glass, with apple blossoms and pears showing the most. Similar flavors show on the palate, with the addition of Meyer lemon adding a citrus tang. Partial malolactic fermentation softens the palate and adds apple notes to the mid-palate. Acids are well balanced. This is a very nice wine, particularly for the price. Drink with fresh trout. Highly recommended.
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2010 Jean-Paul Picard Sancerre

The nose is very nice. Cut grass, lime, citrus flowers, and ginger, plus a touch of nutmeg, form a complex collection of aromas that offers several minutes of pleasure before the first sip. Tart citrus is more pronounced on the palate, but all the others flavors remain. The ginger is the most significant secondary flavor, like a lemon pie with a ginger snap crust. Some leafy herbs and grass show up on the mid-palate. The lemon comes back and lingers on the finish. Drink with garlic crabs. Highly recommended.
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2010 Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc

A lovely Kiwi exemplar of Sauvignon Blanc. Green apples, some pear on the nose. Luscious ripe citrus fruit on the palate, predominantly grapefruit. Not grassy as many others but still has that nice desired touch of minerality. The acids support the fruit nicely, and the package segues into a languid finish. Try with simple shellfish. Highly recommended.