As cool as the summer has been in Napa, we were totally unprepared for a mid-August heat wave that wilted everything in sight and registered at 116 degrees on my neighbor’s thermometer. Cooking dinner in that heat was out of the question, so for dinner that night I took some Alaskan halibut out of my freezer (thankful for friends who fish!) and made seviche, dominated by fresh lime juice, lime zest and garden-fresh jalapenos. We didn’t use any utensils for dinner that night, just tortilla chips.
With it being so blasted hot, I knew I wanted something cold to drink, and with the aromas of lime and jalapenos filling up my kitchen, Sauvignon Blanc was the obvious choice. I had a bottle of the Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc California 2008 ice cold in the fridge, and it was a perfect match—I had even mentioned lime and jalapeno notes when I first reviewed the wine earlier this year. We have it listed for $12 in our database, but I found it for less than $10 locally. This is a straight-up quaffer, light bodied, with a fresh acidity that kept all the flavors of my dinner lively. In particular, all that cilantro in my meal really stood up to the wine’s herbal shadings. Even served straight from the fridge cold, the citrus flavors and green notes were lovely. I rated it 86 points, non-blind.
WineSpectator.com members: Read the original blind-tasting review for Mirassou Sauvignon Blanc California 2008 (85, $12).
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