06 Domaine des Cassagnoles, Vin de Pays des Cotes de Gascone
Gooseberry and grapefruit with a lime twist for everyone who loves the taste of sauvignon blanc--rendered here from Gascony's mass-produced colombard and ugni blanc varietals. It's dry, spicy, and floral. I'm surprised how many that make it to the states (particularly the underknown Domaine de Pouy) taste like this. Bright as can be, mild in alcohol, and not watery. Why point out what's *not* wrong with it? Because so often this wine is dismissed--either distilled into brandy or jugged and served by the carafe at bistros. But the Cassagnoles is alluring--even in this short life.