Last night a 2018 Sauvignon Blanc. Coquelicot (pronounced ko-klee-ko) is the French word for the bright and often portrayed red poppy flower that populates the French countryside. Coquelicot Estate Vineyard is organically farmed in Santa Ynez Valley on 58 acres. They were recently awarded Certified Organic vineyard designation which takes five years to obtain.
(Painting by Claude Monet called Les Coquelicots’ from 1873)
The wine was a light straw color on the eyes with medium light viscosity. On the nose, lime and hint of green grass with a tinge of a floral bouquet. But once in the mouth an almost efflorescence and “bubbly” quality aroused the palate, something not normally found in a Sauvignon Blanc. That said, it was refreshing and invigorating. On the palate it was somewhere between a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (with strong citrus and exotic tropical passion fruit and pineapple) and an old world (very dry, crisp, clean and subtle fruit aromatics). The most prevalent key distinctive flavor was a soft lime and mild floral notes.
The food paired was phenomenal with an Instant-Pot salsa infused pull chicken to be used in “street tacos”. Added to the tacos were sharp cheddar cheese, onion, tomato slices and spicy salsa with cilantro. The pairing was exceptional with the coolness of the Sauvignon Blanc and the zesty and enveloping warmth of the “street tacos”. A most delicious and thirst-quenching Sauvignon Blanc. Retail price is $26.