Thursday, November 22, 2012
We picked up this 2009 Vogelzan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from Foxen 7200 during our visit last January. While our wives relaxed outside in the sun, Cleve and I were in the “shed” tasting some special wines including this one. I appreciated the uniqueness of the wine even more when I opened up this bottle at home.
The Vogelzan Vineyard is in the warmest part of Santa Barbara County in the Santa Ynez Valley which I believe imparts a unique quality. The wine is nice and crisp without the twang of a Marlborough Sauv Blanc. This is due to the barrel fermentation.
The Foxen 7200 is golden with glints of green in the glass. It opens with a nice crispness, but the apple and citrus flavors are shot through with savory notes. The medium body is heavier than you may be expecting. Sage and oak flavor notes make this wine distinctive.
A good wine to match with shellfish, chicken or fish, it costs about $23. I was digging it more on a hot day in Santa Barbara, but it’s still a fine wine in chilly Ohio.
Rating: 3 of 5 Value: 2.5 of 5