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94 • Echeverria 2009 Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley $20/375 ml. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of golden raisins, dried peaches, and honeycomb with a velvety, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, long, fuel-like minerals, spiced nuts, apricot custard, and toasted herbs finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A delicious and stylish dessert wine with great balance. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
92 • Taltarni 2011 "Three Monks", Fumé Blanc, Victoria $20. Best Buy.
Silvery straw color. Bold oak and fruit aromas of sweet pepper, grapefruit, gherkin, and toasty profiterole with a tangy, medium body and a citrus custard, passionfruit, green apple, and delicate baking spice accented finish. Balanced oak makes this a pleasure to drink. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Grgich Hills 2011 Estate, Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley $30.
Light gold. Bold aromas of lemon, green pepper, jalapeno, white grapefruit and baked apples. Spicy and herbal with lemon-rosemary, cashew nougat, and green pepper accents. Interesting with a great, grassy pepper character. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
91 • Hagafen 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley $24.
Pale golden color. Effusive aromas and flavors of banana chip, grapefruit marmalade, and tropical fruits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy vanilla and straw accented finish. Excellent range and depth of tropical flavors. Try with fish and chips. (tasted on Apr-07-2014)
91 • Fernz 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $12.99. Best Buy.
Straw color. Bold aromas of grapefruit, guava, and green pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vibrant grass, passionfruit, lime, and mineral driven finish. Pure Marlborough; try with Thai food. (tasted on Jun-13-2014)
91 • 13 Celsius 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $17.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of white grapefruit, bell pepper, apple, and lemongrass with a soft, vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with touches of peach and nectarine with no tannins and no oak. Crisp and lively notes of lemongrass and grapefruit lead to a palette of sweet peaches and nectarines finishing bright and dry. (tasted on Aug-22-2014)
91 • Flint & Steel 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley $12.99. Best Buy.
Pale straw color. Bright aromas and flavors of ripe lemons, Schweppes bitter lemon, and toast with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex medium-long finish with light oak. Nicely balanced refreshing white wine for the table. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
90 • PEJU 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley $22.
Straw yellow with platinum notes. Aromas of apples, pear, lemon, white peach and cantaloupe. Touch of fresh thyme on the nose and palate leads to crisp apple-pear flavors. Round, dry and satisfying. Ends crisply on a mineral note and yearning for food. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
90 • Dr. Konstantin Frank 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Finger Lakes $19.99.
Light gold and star bright. Aromas of lemongrass, fresh hay, Italian parsley, apple skin, wet stones and white grapefruit. Dry and crisp flavors of lemon, lime, grapefruit, Asian pear, honeydew and yellow bell pepper. Fruit driven with just enough herbal character to give added complexity to the fruit. (tasted on Nov-15-2013)
90 • Niner Wine Estates 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley $22.
Bright yellow with notes of polished brass. Aromas of yellow bell pepper, passion fruit, freshly cut herbs, orange zest and cantaloupe. Crisp flavors of lemon, lime and red grapefruit with a balance of tropical fruit and savory herbs. Long and complex finish with textbook varietal typicity. (tasted on Nov-09-2013)
90 • Tenuta Fernanda Cappello 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Friuli Grave DOC $12. Best Buy.
Pale golden color. Aromas of honeyed baked apples and peach cobbler with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy lemon curd, kiwi pasty, grass, and smoky mineral accented finish. A mellow, elegantly styled sauvignon blanc that will be ideal for sipping. (tasted on Nov-12-2013)
90 • Phantom Bay 2013 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $10. Best Buy.
Pale straw green. Mild aromas of cracked pepper muffin, lemon, and passionfruit with a silky, fruity-yet-dryish medium body and an elegant, tangy lemon-lime and mango finish. Delicious and well balanced flavors and acidity. (tasted on Mar-24-2014)
90 • Greyrock 2013 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $17.99. Best Buy.
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of sundried tomato, sweet pepper, grapefruit rind and papaya with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart apple and lime curd finish. A nicely framed sauvignon with balanced layers of complexity. (tasted on Mar-24-2014)
90 • Grgich Hills 2012 Estate, Fumé Blanc, Napa Valley $30.
Pale golden yellow color. Slightly smoky aromas of grilled grapefruit and green peppers and gherkins with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy ripe mango and passionfruit accented finish. A delicious, zesty sauvignon blanc for all occasions and especially grilled shrimp. (tasted on Apr-07-2014)
90 • La Playa 2013 Late Harvest, Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley $12/375 ml. Cellar Selection. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Gold color. Floral aromas and flavors of golden pineapple, honeysuckle, pecan brittle, and dried apple with a oily, vibrant, fruity sweet full body and a sleek, complex, very long finish with suggestions of grilled peach, nectarine, mango, and candied ginger with no tannins and no oak. Liquid Luxury, this late harvest unfolds layer after layer of sweet, unctuous fruit and spice with richness balanced with bright acidity to keep it all in check and to keep you coming back for more. (tasted on Aug-27-2014)
90 • Mouton Cadet 2013 Bordeaux Blanc $9.99. Best Buy.
Golden silver color. Bold aromas and flavors of charentais melon, lemongrass, honeysuckle, and pineapple with a silky, racy, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with notes of lemon, lime, yellow plum, and crunchy apple with no tannins and no oak. From crunchy apple to exotic fruit and heirloom melon, this vibrant white keeps you coming back for more thanks to its juicy and vibrantly refreshing lemon lime brightness. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
90 • Villebois 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine $13.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of pineapple, nectarine, honeysuckle, and kiwi with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-length finish with notes of lemon, yellow plum, white roses, and lilac with no tannins and no oak. Juicy tropical fruit, flowers and honeysuckle meets bright, refreshment in this electric white that screams for sipping with light canapés, goat cheese and grilled seafood. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
90 • Esser Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Monterey County $8.99. Best Buy.
Emerald golden straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of lemon head candy and lemon blossoms with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful medium-length finish with earthy tannins and light oak. Easy nicely balanced summer wine. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)
90 • Bogle 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, California $9. Best Buy.
Golden straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of peach, lemongrass, apple blossom, and cantaloupe with a bright, dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long finish with notes of lemon, nectarine, and green apple with no tannins and no oak. Drinks like a summer fruit salad that is bright and lively from crisp green apples and loads of lemon juice. (tasted on Aug-22-2014)
90 • Pear Valley 2013 Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles $15. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Silvery straw bright emerald color. Bright aromas and flavors of Meyer lemons, bubble gum dust, and ruby grapefruit with a silky, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex medium-long finish with light oak. A refreshing balanced full-bodied white. (tasted on Aug-25-2014)