Looking for Wine in Cabo

David Arthur Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2006
James Molesworth
Posted: March 5, 2009

In Cabo, Mexico, the sun and golf are amazing and the food can be excellent, but it is still a bit of a struggle to track down good wine. The top resorts, like Esperanza, One&Only Palmilla and Las Ventanas, have solid wine lists in terms of selections, but hefty import duties make most European and California wines tough to stomach, pricewise.

To stock my villa on a recent vacation, I picked up a few bottles of this California Sauvignon Blanc from the local wine shop. At 450 pesos (about $32 by today's exchange rate) it was about as good a buy as I could find. Considering my tasting beats, California would not generally be my first-choice source for Sauvignon Blanc, but sometimes you have to take what you've got.

David Arthur is better known for Cabernet Sauvignon and other reds. Thanks to my iPhone, I checked out the winery's website, which noted that 2006 was just the second vintage for this wine, made from fruit purchased from the Talcott vineyard in St. Helena.

The wine offered modest lemon and nectarine flavors with a light finish. It was a good quaffer for warm weather, but lacked the clarity and zip of more crackling versions now coming out of Chile and South Africa and had nowhere near the verve of a top Loire bottling. 83 points, non-blind.

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