About Sauvignon Blanc White Wine

About Sauvignon Blanc White Wine
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Top Picks for Sauvignon Blanc

San Simeon 2018 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$28
Emerald straw color. Aromas of sweet pear, guanabana, white grapefruit, malt, and pineapple candies with a silky, lively, fruity light body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length lime zest and gravel finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. Vibrant acidity and perfectly round flavors shine in this balanced and beautiful Sauvignon Blanc.
Elysian Springs 2018 Pennies From Heaven Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$27.50
Golden straw color. Aromas of juicy gooseberry, passionfruit custard, turmeric, and wet grass with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length cardamom and starfruit finish with no oak flavor. An outgoing Sauvignon Blanc with big personality; exuberantly fruity.
93 points $27.50
Grgich Hills 2015 Estate Grown Fume Blanc
93 points
$31
Medium straw green color. Exotic, smoky aromas of gooseberry coulis, mesquite, and baked pear with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, long yuzu spritzed honeydew, tamarind, roasted pineapple, and ripe mango finish with light oak flavor. A bright and welcoming Fume Blanc that nails the style.
Sierra Batuco 2018 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$12
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Emerald straw color. Aromas of gooseberry, grass clippings, ruby red grapefruit, celery leaves, melon granita, cumin, and fennel and dill with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, long passionfruit, white pepper, cilantro, and pipi du chat finish with no oak flavor. A nicely concentrated dry Sauvignon Blanc for true fans of the varietal.
Awards: '2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Chilean Sauvignon Blanc Exceptional Value
92 points $12 Best Buy
Voyager Point 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$9.99
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Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas of ripe grapefruit, guava flavored cotton candy, papaya and banana salad, and gooseberry with a satiny, crisp, light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length lemon gummies, limestone, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, tropical fruit salad of a Sauvignon Blanc; balanced and vivid.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Prophecy 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$14
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Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit zest, gooseberry preserves, finger lime, yellow heirloom tomato, green pepper, and ground white pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, complex, medium-long nasturtium leaf, juicy golden kiwi, green pepper relish, and celery seed finish with no oak flavor. Get lost in a glass of this complex flavor trip of a Sauvignon Blanc.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Shottesbrooke 2016 Discovery Series Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$16.99
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Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and green pepper and jalapeño relish with a supple, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, amusing, medium-long green apple-kumquat marmalade, ripe melon with cayenne, and sage finish with no oak flavor. A ripe and flavor-packed warm climate sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Heitz 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$23
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of fresh green asparagus, cut grass, kiwi, lychee, eucalyptus, and cat box with a velvety, tangy, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that presents notes of finger lime, green apple skittles, passionfruit sorbet, wild mint, cilantro, peppercorns, lemongrass, and pine needles. Waves of persistent tropical flavors make this wine perfect for summer dining.
Hagafen 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$27
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of white asparagus, starfruit, eucalyptus, peach tea, curry, fennel, and geranium with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy asparagus water, underripe passionfruit, dried cantaloupe and peach cobbler finish. A rich and full California Sauvignon Blanc with great acidity and food affinity.
Baron-Jacques 2017 Cuvée Domaine Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$35
Straw color. Citrusy, clean aromas of dried grapefruit wheels, aloe, greenhouse, fresh daiquiri, and lavender with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length meyer lemon, underripe tropical fruit, and tahini finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A pure and fresh Sauvignon Blanc with pleasant herbaceousness and enticing fruit.