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

Zonte’s Footstep 2021 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$17
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of curry, cumin, ramps, and jalapeño chutney with a lean, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that presents accents of grapefruit pith and capers with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A savory, outspoken take on Sauvignon Blanc from the new world.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Australian Sauvignon Blanc
93 points $17 Best Buy
Yarden 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$19
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon grass, lemon poppy seed, ginger ale, and passion fruit with a soft, bright, bone-dry light body and a smooth, brisk finish with notes of ripe pear, white pepper, and white peach with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An elegant Sauvignon Blanc in a refined and distinctive style; this is an exciting, somewhat Francophone take and is well worth a try for any lover of the varietal.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 White Wine $20 and Under'
93 points $19 Best Buy
Reynolds Family Winery 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$33
Yellow straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple, tamarind, guava pastry, and vanilla-coconut cream with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, distinctive, long finish with accents of island spices and golden kiwi with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold and tropical New World Sauvignon Blanc that displays excellent length and concentration.
Domaine Beausejour 2019 Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$45
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled jicama, fresh cut grass, white grapefruit, white pepper, and hint of passion fruit with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish with notes of lime pie with meringue with moderate oak flavor. A spot-on Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire with great balance and concentration.
Awards: 2020 Best International Sauvignon Blanc
Château Élan 2018 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$25
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of preserved lemon, banana danish, orange confection, fresh apple, flint, and petrol with a supple, prickly, petillant, fruity light body and a tingling, buoyant finish displaying notes of pineapple relish, gherkins, limestone, and fleur de sel with no oak flavor. A unique and wild sauvignon with piles of flamboyant character; superb minerality akin to an aged Chablis.
Billsboro 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime flesh, pomelo, underripe pineapple, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, vibrant, dry light body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length finish imparting notes of green mango with no oak flavor. A lean and bone dry Sauvignon Blanc that doesn’t skimp on varietal character; a charming wine from the Finger Lakes.
92 points $20 Best Buy
AvinoDos 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$28
Silvery emerald straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of delicate lemon glaze, hints of golden kiwi, fresh cut grass, and citrus-scented cookies with buttercream with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish with no oak flavor. Mouthwatering acidity and lengthy flavor stand out in this upstanding Carneros Sauvignon Blanc; an excellent choice for California Sauvignon Blanc lovers.
Havelock 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
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.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Exceptional Value
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2020 Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, wheat grass, star fruit, and fresh bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish evoking accents of Meyer lemon with no oak flavor. Classic juicy, fruity and grassy notes will certainly appeal to lovers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Zonte’s Footstep 2020 Excalibur Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, key lime, fondant, and hints of vanilla with a velvety, crisp, light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of custard, green apple, and pink grapefruit with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A balanced Australian Sauvignon Blanc with oscillating creaminess, tart notes, and a velvety texture.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under'
91 points $15 Best Buy