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91 • Viansa 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley $20.
Pale golden straw color. Lush gooseberry jam, creamy cashew brittle, and lemon curd aromas with a supple, silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy and grassy earth accented finish. A tasty sipper or table wine; try with Alaskan king crab. (tasted on Nov-08-2010)
89 • Rutherford Ranch 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley $15. Best Buy.
Mild aromas of lemon, gooseberry jam and grass with a dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a zippy, grassy earth, fig, and lemon zest finish. Very nice. (tasted on Nov-08-2010)
89 • Camino Real 2009 White Hills, Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara County $16. Best Buy.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of sweet and hot peppers, lemon granita, and white chocolate hazelnut brittle with a buoyant, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zippy, kiwi, carrot, and grass accented finish. Different and fun; try with chicken or shrimp mole. (tasted on Nov-08-2010)
88 • Ledson 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley $26.
Pale silvery straw color. Appealing aromas of grapefruit, pear caramel tart, lemongrass and cream follow through on a silky entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with kiwi and apple notes. Finishes with soft, tangy, mineral-kissed accents. (tasted on May-17-2010)
88 • Ledson 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley $26.
Tropical aromas of guava, dried mango, chestnut honey, and praline with a supple soft dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet and hot pepper puree, green tomato, lemon grass, and candied green apple accented finish. Lots of character in a smooth, sleek frame. Try with green Thai curries. (tasted on Nov-08-2010)
88 • Clif Family 2009 "The Climber", Sauvignon Blanc, California $12. Best Buy.
Pale straw color. Aromas of ripe grapefruit, gooseberry jam, and green pepper with a round dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, juicy, and lightly creamy grass accented finish. A very nice sipper or pair with Mexican chicken dishes. (tasted on Nov-11-2010)
88 • Sawyer Cellars 2009 Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford, Napa Valley $19.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of creamy pistachio nougat, lemon and peach marmalades, and a hint of chili pepper with a soft, supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a white chocolate, smoked nut, and kiwi accented finish. Nice character and intensity. (tasted on Nov-08-2010)
87 • Heitz 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley $19.75. Certified Organic
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of gooseberry, Meyer lemon spritzed melon, and grass with a dryish medium body and a mineral and juicy lemon and dried banana finish. (tasted on Nov-08-2010)
86 • Chance Creek 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Redwood Valley, Mendocino $16. Organically Grown Grapes|Find-a-Wine|
Intriguing aromas of melon spritzed with balsamic, onion powder, waxy yellow pepper, and chocolate covered hazelnut with a soft, silky light-to-medium body and a citrus oil and damp grassy earth finish. (tasted on Nov-08-2010)