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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 • Amizetta Vineyards 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County $20.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of lemon cream pie, baked yellow apple, and grass with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy citrus, nut and spice nuanced finish. Lovely flavor and balance for sipping or the table. (tasted on Aug-16-2013)
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 • La Playa 2011 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley $12/375 ml. Best Buy. Sustainable Agriculture
Medium gold. Aromas of ripe pineapple, honeycomb, candied ginger, dried mango and salt water taffy. Ripe and luscious with beautiful balance. Finish is long and complex with layers of ripe fruit and washed rind cheese, ginger and cake icing. Well balanced, concentrated and complex. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
90 • Leyendas de Familia 2012 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maule Valley $9.99. Best Buy.
Pale straw color. Aromas of honeydew melon, lemon, white peaches, white grapefruit. Fruit forward flavors of nectarines and sweet lemon, a soft tartness and a finish of lemon squeezed on peaches. Very pleasant and vibrant. (tasted on Sep-05-2013)
90 • Ti Point 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough $16.99. Best Buy.
Platinum yellow. Aromas of white grapefruit, jalapeño, lemon, green papaya and lime zest. Zesty flavors of lime, papaya, touch of jalapeño and citrus salad. Finishes with consistent fruit flavors and citrus. Nice depth and refinement. (tasted on Sep-18-2013)
90 • Wolfgang Puck 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, California $12.99. Best Buy.
Golden silver color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade and toasty lemon meringue with a silky, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a refreshing, tangy apple, melon, and earth accented finish. Great balance and style for effortless drinking. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)
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 • Taltarni 2011 Three Monks, Fumé Blanc, Victoria $19.
Pale straw. Lightly sulfury aromas of white grapefruit zest, lemongrass, rosemary and wet creek stones. Crisp citrus, apple skin and dried herbs lead the flavors. Tart and well-structured if a bit angular. Crisp, lip smacking finish. A Sauvignon Blanc not afraid to be a Sauvignon Blanc. (tasted on Sep-16-2013)
89 • Mouton Cadet 2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Bordeaux Blanc $10. Best Buy.|Next| |Find-a-Wine|
Pale straw to light yellow. Aromas of pineapple, ripe pear, yellow flowers, pomelo, papaya skin and stoney minerality. Electric acidity! Truly zippy and refreshing with enough ripe fruit and palate weight to balance the liveliness. Modern and electric. Assuming a fair amount of Semillon is adding the lush character with Sauvignon for brightness. (tasted on Sep-06-2013)