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Havelock

Havelock
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13.99
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Havelock
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5%
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas of green pineapple, ripe grapefruit, gooseberry, and fresh grass clippings with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length mango, guava, dill, and sea salt finish. A extroverted, flavor-packed sauvignon blanc; Marlborough in a bottle.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: green pineapple, ripe grapefruit, gooseberry, and fresh grass clippings
Taste Flavor: mango, guava, dill, and sea salt
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years Enjoy on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A extroverted, flavor-packed sauvignon blanc; Marlborough in a bottle.

The Producer

Precept Wine

The Producer
1910 Fairview Ave East, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98102
USA
1 206-267-5252

Their Portfolio

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88 Cluster 2015 Dark Cluster Red Blend, Washington 14.2% (USA) $9.99.
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84 Cluster 2017 Riesling, Washington 11.5% (USA) $7.99.
88 Cluster 2016 Dark Red Blend, Washington 13.8% (USA) $9.99.
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86 Crystal Creek 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $7.99.
84 David James 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
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82 David James 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Columbia Valley 12.8% (USA) $12.99.
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88 Havelock 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 13% (New Zealand) $14.99.
92 Havelock 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $13.99.
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88 Lunar Harvest 2016 Merlot, Columbia Valley 13.7% (USA) $9.00.
87 Lunar Harvest 2016 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $9.00.
88 Lunar Harvest 2016 Riesling, Columbia Valley 11.5% (USA) $8.00.
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87 MWC 2014 Pinot Gris, Washington 13.6% (USA) $10.99.
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85 MWC 2015 Rose, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $10.99.
87 MWC 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $16.99.
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90 Perimeter 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $9.99.
87 Perimeter 2015 Chardonnay, California 13.6% (USA) $9.99.
86 Perimeter 2015 Red Blend, Washington 13.9% (USA) $9.99.
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85 Perimeter 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
87 Perimeter 2018 Chardonnay, California 12.7% (USA) $9.99.
86 Perimeter 2018 Black Dark Red Blend, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 Perimeter 2018 Riesling, Washington 12.8% (USA) $8.99.
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87 Red Impulse 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.3% (USA) $9.99.
90 Red Impulse 2015 Red Blend, Columbia Valley 14.3% (USA) $9.99.
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86 The Guide 2017 Pinot Noir, Oregon 13% (USA) $16.99.
87 The Guide 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 13.6% (USA) $16.99.
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85 Wildhaven 2014 Pinot Gris, Columbia Valley 13% (USA) $12.49.
90 Wildhaven 2014 "Blazing" Red Blend, Columbia Valley 13.8% (USA) $12.49.

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
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.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.