Wow, I just barely made it! I hosted a white wine tasting recently, where a group of us tasted several Sauvignon Blancs, Viogniers, Chardonnays and Rieslings. One of the Sauvignon Blancs from the up-and-coming region of Marlborough, New Zealand stuck out above the rest as an impeccably balanced and complex. It’s by no means a new discovery, as the Wine Spectator honored it as its #40 wine of 2006. Still, it’s widely available and absurdly affordable for the quality it provides. Summer is winding down, and this is a wine that is meant to be consumed now, so drink up!

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006, 89 Points, $15

Amazingly complex aromas of grass and mineral with a huge nose of peach, passion fruit and grapefruit. Traditional New Zealand grassy, earthy flavors dominate initially and lead into a juicy blast of citrus, including complex notes of peach, lime and grapefruit. Long, minerally finish with lingering lime and grapefruit notes. Refreshing and thorough, finishes softly with great balance and length.

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