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

Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
95 points
$31
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy, green, herbal, funky aromas of harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple with a fat body and a very long bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam finish. A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.
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.
Leaf Plucker 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered apples, pineapple relish, toasted Hawaiian roll, passionfruit, grilled asparagus, and tropical spices with a satiny, fruity light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A flamboyant and outgoing toasty Sauvignon Blanc with character for days.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Riverlore 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas of cat box, cannabis, musk, golden apple, and breadfruit with a crisp, dryish full body and a medium-long sweet lime, melon rind, and rambutan finish. A musky, seductive Sauvignon Blanc for those seeking distinctive style.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Dry Creek Vineyard 2018 Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of passionfruit jam, honeydew melon, gooseberry, and white flowers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long jasmine, key lime pie with whipped cream, celery, sugar snap peas, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A lengthy, delicate white that is a lovely example of Sonoma’s Sauvignon Blanc.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Hagafen 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$27
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of grass, wet white stone, granny smith, and honey with a lean, tangy, bone-dry light body and a graceful, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of grapefruit pith, white peach, and cedar with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A full-bodied, almost grippy Sauvignon Blanc that will make an upstanding dinner pairing.
MJA Vineyards 2017 Serene Cellars Wipeout Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$30
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of passion fruit, guava, sweet cheese Danish, and sugar-dusted orange with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long slate, honeysuckle, ripe pineapple, and kiwi finish. An outgoing, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc bursting with tropical flavor.
Hagafen 2017 Prix Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$40
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of all-butter cookies, passionfruit jam, fresh thyme, flint, cheese rind, and limestone with a silky, vibrant, dryish light body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of yuzu with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A distinctive Sauvignon Blanc with loads of minerality; old world Chardonnay drinkers will love this.