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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 • Quasar 2013 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley $8.99. Best Buy.
Silvery straw color. Bold aromas of grapefruit, guava, green pepper, and passionfruit with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus, honey and quince finish. Vibrantly flavorful and well balanced for sipping or food. (tasted on Oct-17-2013)
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)
90 • Castoro Cellars 2012 Reserve, Estate Grown, Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles $15. Best Buy. Certified Sustainable
Golden silver color. Aromas of honeyed apples, peaches, straw, delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a a citrus citrus, melon, and cream accented finish. Very tasty, balanced, and satisfying. (tasted on Oct-14-2013)
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)
89 • Sileni 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $12.99. Best Buy.
Aromas of honeyed lemons and guava, yellow pepper, and grapefruit tart with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grassy, spiced melon and grilled apple accented finish. Very tasty and balanced. (tasted on Mar-24-2014)
89 • Sileni 2013 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $15.99. Best Buy.
Silver straw color. Aromas of honeyed yellow pepper, grilled mango, and ruby grapefruit with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty lemon and guava accented finish A very nice range of flavors. (tasted on Mar-24-2014)
89 • Robert Hall Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles $14. Best Buy.
Straw color. Aromas of grapefruit, guava, and green pepper with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, lemon and grass finish. Nice vibrancy and varietal character that will sing with seafood. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
89 • Morais 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Virginia $20.
Golden straw color. Aromas of honeysuckle, orange blossom water, and golden plums with a silky, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, grassy earth and peach pit finish. A nice floral wine for carefree sipping. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
89 • Paso Grande 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley, Chile $9.99. Best Buy.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of white peach, lemongrass, mango, and lime zest with a velvety, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, yellow delicious apples, honeydew, pressed lemon, and nectarines finish with no oak. Lively and fresh, bursting with citrus and summer-ripe fruit. Delicious solo, but even better with fresh, vibrant dishes. (tasted on Aug-04-2014)
88 • PKNT 2013 Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley $10.99. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and yellow pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed lime finish. Very refreshing and mouthwatering. (tasted on Jan-27-2014)