Great Value Sauvignon Blanc

One of summer’s stalwarts offers great band for the buck!


Value among wines is of course relative, though there are a few factors that help keep prices down and values compelling. For example, the use of oak barrels adds to the cost of a bottle of wine and if you are able to move wines out of the winery quickly, and crop your vines so that they provide a robust yield, while not impacting quality of course, you can further reduce your expenses. Many grapes fit this model, but none faces a more competitive marketplace than Sauvignon Blanc. That means great values for consumers!

Sauvignon Blanc if a gorgeously refreshing wine produced in a small variety of styles, at this price point, that tend to emphasizes freshness, crispness and ease of drinking over complexity or winemaking style. All that translates into wines that offer huge bang for the buck at the lower end of the price scale. While the wines featured today are not among the least expensive, they do fall within the sweet spot for Sauvignon Blanc where quality starts hitting some impressive highs yet the prices remain under $15 a bottle, and mostly clustered around $12.
These are not big, powerful and infinitely complex wines but rather are the crisp, clean, fruit and acid driven examples that work wonderfully when the weather turns hot out. Chill a few bottles, prepare a nice casual lunch or antipasto spread and invite over your friends and family for a delicious treat by the beach, pool, or patio. That, after all, is what the wines are meant for, and what the do best. For a non fussy summertime evening it’s tough to beat great Sauvignon Blanc for value, and for fun!
Really very attractive on the nose with nicely layered roasted green chiles, a hint of jalapeno, cut grass ands sweet lemon and lime aromas. In the mouth this displays big acids up front supporting fresh and nuanced flavors of grapefruit and guava with some of the green herbal qualities emerging aromatically in the mouth. the texture is medium full bodied but rather seamless with a hint of austerity asserting itself on the backend as this flashes a hint of peach leading a moderately long and well focused finish. 89pts
Intensely aromatic with that classic gooseberry, cut grass, asparagus and grapefruit nose that typifies Marlborough Sauvies. Bright and juicy on the palate with good energy and attractive complexity to the asparagus and green pea framed fruit flavors that hint at peach then receded back into a more classic grapefruit and lime profile. Finishing with good length and lovely purity, this is quite delicious and very refreshing. 88pts
Creamy tones emerge on the nose followed by subtly sweet layers of fresh herbs, grapefruit, cactus leaves, hints of figs, and pithy citrus notes. elegant on entry and seamless with some riverstones early on the palate followed by a rich, slightly creamy midpalate filled with nuanced herbal accents over a core of slightly candied pink grapefruit and fig flavors. There’s fine acids here, though they are nicely wrapped up in the fruit and the herbal edge pops on the backend and leads to a somewhat modest finish. Fairly complex and bright I do wish for a bit more length here. 88pts
Tight and focused on the nose with gentle suggestions of white flowers followed by notes of lemongrass and lime. Seamless in the mouth with refreshing acidity and a touch of gravelly minerality supporting lithe, elegant green plum, lemongrass and green apricot fruit. this is lovely in a rather elegant style with a moderately long, zesty lemony finish. 88pts
Cut grass and hints of poblano chilies greet the nose followed by lemon and pineapple fruit. This is bright and zesty in the mouth with just a hint of trapped CO2 adding a little prickle on the tongue. the flavors are quite pure in this refreshing style with soft notes of slightly creamy pink grapefruit pith and lime blending on the palate and lingering nicely on the finish. 87pts

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Top Value Sauvignon Blanc tasted in 7/2014

Marc Plouzeau Touraine Sauvignon les Devants de la Bonneliere (2013)
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Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc (2013)
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Wente Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc (2012)
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Steven Kent Sauvignon Blanc Lola Ghielmetti Vineyard Livermore Valley (2013)
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Yalumba Sauvignon Blanc Y Series South Australia (2013)
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  • Snooth User: gerrad
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    ..'hints of poblano chillies..' ooh, im havin that as a descriptor, thankyou GDP, that rivals persimmon as a recent left field adjective i used. keep em coming.

    Jul 18, 2014 at 4:01 AM

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