It is a lot of juice and wine, a lot of value lost if the brain is in the wrong place at the wrong time. There will be little cuts and strains and caustic burns, but skin and ligaments regenerate faster than confidence.
- Allan Scott Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2008: Refreshing but still substantial mouthfeel. Great white-gold color without much green. Fruit over grass and herbs--melon, fig, pear. Excellent.
- Gunn Estate Pinot Noir 2008: Very dark color suggests overconcentration, confirmed by the stewed aromas and gummy texture. There are some intriguing flavor elements here--jam and minerals--but in the end it's too graceless.
- Monteith's Summer Ale: Ugh, the first loser from this otherwise great Kiwi brewery. Watery and dominated by a cola off-flavor.