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

Grgich Hills 2016 Estate Grown Fumé Blanc Napa Valley
95 points
$31
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy, green, herbal, funky aromas of harissa, green apple, papaya, and ripe pineapple with a fat body and a very long bell pepper , flint, lemon wedge, snipped chive, and apricot jam finish. A savory, flamboyant Sauvignon Blanc with killer minerality and style for days.
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.
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
Leaf Plucker 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of buttered apples, pineapple relish, toasted Hawaiian roll, passionfruit, grilled asparagus, and tropical spices with a satiny, fruity light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A flamboyant and outgoing toasty Sauvignon Blanc with character for days.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Dry Creek Vineyard 2018 Fumé Blanc Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of passionfruit jam, honeydew melon, gooseberry, and white flowers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long jasmine, key lime pie with whipped cream, celery, sugar snap peas, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A lengthy, delicate white that is a lovely example of Sonoma’s Sauvignon Blanc.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Hagafen 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$27
Clear yellow straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of grass, wet white stone, granny smith, and honey with a lean, tangy, bone-dry light body and a graceful, compelling, medium-long finish manifesting nuances of grapefruit pith, white peach, and cedar with fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A full-bodied, almost grippy Sauvignon Blanc that will make an upstanding dinner pairing.
MJA Vineyards 2017 Serene Cellars Wipeout Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$30
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of passion fruit, guava, sweet cheese Danish, and sugar-dusted orange with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long slate, honeysuckle, ripe pineapple, and kiwi finish. An outgoing, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc bursting with tropical flavor.