2012 Viña Robles "Estate" Paso Robles Sauvignon Blanc
*Best Buy* This wine is honeyed and mellow, but wonderfully crisp and clean at the same time. Fermented and aged without oak, it stars lemon, lime, apricot, green apple and white pepper flavors. Made from fruit sourced from the Jardine Vineyard.
*One Star* There is plenty to like in the fruity, not-too-complex aromas of this well-ripened wine, and its juicy, melon-like flavors follow suit. It runs more to melons and pears with a subtle suggestion of oaky richness, and it is comfortably balanced with enough acidity to be lively without being ungainly or stiff. It ends with a bare bit of last-minute coarseness that will be lessened now by service with meals, and it looks to benefit from another six to twelve months in the bottle.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A straightforward, clean and well-made white, the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc offers up nice stone fruits, citrus and lemongrass aromas and flavors as well as a medium-bodied, supple and pure feel on the palate. The acidity is well-integrated here and it will be versatile on the dinner table; nothing groundbreaking, but it’s a good bottle of wine as well as a good value. (JD)
Sourced from a small parcel of Sauvignon Blanc on their estate Jardine Vineyard, Vina Robes delivers a fantastic value again from this fine 2012 harvest. Grapes were picked in the cool morning hours and very gently pressed into stainless steel for a slow, temperature-controlled fermentation. The wine remained on the lees in stainless steel tanks with no malolactic fermentation in order to enrich the texture while maintaining aromatics and brightness. A nose of guava, passionfruit, and grapefruit introduces a pure and crisp palate which reverberates the tropical fruit notes with mineral and a cleansing finish.