Friday, November 29, 2013

2012 Cep Sauvignon Blanc

On my way home from work today I bought a mixed case of wines to enjoy over the next few weeks. I bought them from a local retailer who has been very good to us and I felt like spreading a little love around. My only criteria were the wines had to be in the $15 range and they had to be something I'd never had. I certainly hope the rest of them are better than tonight's bottle.

I was initially drawn to the 2012 Cep Hopkins Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley by the tall Alsace-shaped bottle. I don't think I've ever seen a Sauvignon Blanc bottled in one of these. Light pale color with brassy highlights. On the nose, sweetish lemon-lime notes with a hint of yeast. Smells like a flat Sprite; and I don't mean that as a compliment. The palate is flabby with more sweet-tart lemon-lime flavors. Just a train wreck. I really expected a lot more from this second label of Peay Vineyards. Reminds me of the odd 2009 O'Reilly's Pinot Gris. A bizarre, disappointing $18.

Consumed with leftover traditional Thanksgiving fare including turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potato casserole


  1. Bill, great pic, and an informative review; I really appreciate those difficult ones.

    1. Yeah, I really really wanted to like this one. It was highly recommended by the staff and it gets very nice reviews from the pros. Maybe my palate was just having an off night.