Oyster Bay: A Perfect Beginners Wine
A Summer get together, Thanksgiving, Christmas, any family function where my sister in law, Janet attends, there will surely be a bottle of Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc. I don’t understand her affinity towards this particular brand because to me it has always been a simple, mass produced entry level table wine.
Now I wouldn’t consider myself a wine snob. Far from it, I like to consider myself an informed novice that is comfortable trying everything. Through tasting many varietals from different regions I have been able to determine what I like and what I don’t like. What I do know is that I detest too much oak, too much butter, too much fruit and wines that just slam into your taste buds. I do like crispness, dryness, acidity, good balance and subtlety.
Unfortunately for me, I have always struggled to finish off this particular wine every time that Janet has handed me a glass. It is just too damn fruity! Also unfortunately for me, I was recently given a bottle of it as a gift! Damn! I knew that I had to make the best of the situation and so I thought that I would do a formal review for the blog. I would like to inform the reader that there is something positive going for this wine. Some research revealed that the current vintage (2015) that I held in my fridge has earned a 90 point rating from Wine Enthusiast.
Ok, things may just be looking up! I unscrewed the bottle and poured into my glass to reveal a light straw green color. The nose screams of fruit and grass that is typical of Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. Not surprisingly this vintage did reveal more nuanced layers of grapefruit, melon, gooseberry and mango. Unlike past vintages, it also revealed a tad more crispness and acidity which unfortunately dissipated much too quickly for my liking.
While I did enjoy this vintage more than others, I did find myself getting tired of it after the first glass. Eventually the fruit just became too overbearing! I do realize that we all have different tastes so this may just be the perfect wine for those who like a fruity and floral bouquet. But for my sake, I wish that Janet would become more adventurous and discover something a little more to my liking.
Note: I was gifted this 2015 vintage though I am mostly seeing 2016 bottles in retail stores at the moment. There may be noticeable differences between vintages.
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