July 2017 - New Zealand

This month's Wine feature is New Zealand Wines
New Zealand Reviews
220177
Kono
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Grassy, citrusy aromas of gooseberry, freshly grated ruby red grapefruit zest, wheat grass, and fresh tomato leaf with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long fresh nectarine, lavender, papaya and passionfruit, and polished stones finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A highly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with great concentration and stunning fruit flavors.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220186
Invivo
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Medium emerald straw color. Herbal aromas of gooseberry and cilantro-mango salsa with a round, racy, medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length yellow heirloom tomatoes, grapefruit creme, underripe kiwi, and pistachio cookie dough finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun and bold wine with delicious fruity and savory character; wild and free.
89 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220351
Fernz
2015 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc
Medium emerald straw color. Aromas of jasmine, orange and grapefruit peels, and tomato leaf with a silky, tart, light-to-medium body and a charming, medium-long green peppercorn and underripe mango finish with fine, fruit tannins. This wine’s big acid will cut through rich meals like a pro.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219714
Morgan Hill
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden straw color. Citrusy, green aromas and flavors of lush marsh, lemon wafer cracker, and ginger with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length ruby grapefruit, lemongrass, bitter almond butter, and dried sage finish with silky, fruit tannins. A precise wine with a lazer-focused finish.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220188
Invivo
2014 Pinot Noir
Bright dusty ruby color. Aromas of pickled onion and chive, bay leaf, and red licorice with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length fresh rainier cherry, fresh mushrooms, clove, and braised carrot finish with fine, earthy tannins. A nice, savory wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220185
Coastal Cove
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale emerald straw color. Citrusy aromas of grapefruit fruit leather, lush aspen leaf, and fondant with a silky, tangy, dry light body and a breezy grapefruit pith, beeswax, and salt finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A richly scented and zingy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220187
Graham Norton’s Own
2016 Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of toasted bread, kiwi jam, and maraschino liqueur with a supple, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a easy underripe kiwi, green almond, underripe peach, and tea cakes finish with fruit tannins. A refreshing summer crusher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220173
Kono
2013 Pinot Noir
Bright brick red color. Interesting aromas of cinnamon dusted cherry, menthol, and crushed leaves with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy dark chocolate chunks, crushed pineapple, schezuan peppercorn, and iron finish. An interesting wine for weeknight pairing.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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