Benjamin de Vieux Chateau Gaubert, '01 ($18)
- 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc from the Graves appellation in Bordeaux, France
- Straw-yellow in color with a distinct, yet watery rim
- Pear and citrus scents mixed with a definite vanilla accent due to oak barrel soakin'
- Medium-bodied with enough acidity to balance the heavy-ish alcohol content and oaky weight. A pleasant, lingering finish
*** (3 stars out of 5)
This is a well-made wine. However, to my taste, the vanilla-cream character, from oak barrel fermentation, crowds out the fruit scents and flavors. Some might like this, others; perhaps not. It wasn't too intense for food. In fact it was fine with roasted turkey breast.