It’s nearing Thanksgiving here in Santa Barbara where I live. And no, it’s not really winter here, nor even cold. In Santa Barbara winter is merely like a cool summer, but regardless in the cooler months people inexplicably drink more red wine. But hold on…white wine is still ideal for winter, too. To prove my point the 2015 Wow Oui (wow-wee) from Imagery Estate Winery in Glen Ellen is, literally, like summer in your glass. The bright, vivacious, crisp and fresh Sauvignon Blanc with a touch of Muscat (18%) and a wee bit of Viognier (3%) makes this not only a surprise, but also a pretty damn good wine made by Joe Benziger. Lemon-lime, tangerine, hibiscus, watermelon, floral notes of rose and lavender all represent. This is a very balanced wine with food friendly acidity - ideal with a chili-lime seasoning on chicken, fish or tofu. Plus, the label art was done by Penelope Gottlieb of…Santa Barbara! Just over 1,000 cases were made so there’s a good chance you can still find some on their site as they are not available nationally (bummer). So, perk up and pucker up ‘cause this wow is yes.
ORIGIN: Pine Mountain/Cloverdale Peak, California
PRICE: $27/ 750ML
BOOZEHOUNDZ SCORE: 89 POINTS