Allan Scott Family Winemakers Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Yes! This wine is something to crow about, even for young crows. It’s not one of the typical New Zealand “Sauv Blancs” I’ve shied away from for the past few years, finding them just so citrusy their flavor seemed to get in the way of whatever it was I was eating with them, except, maybe, oysters. The 90-point Allan Scott Family offering is different. While you get the citrus, it’s not a sharp, in-your-face blast. It’s less forward, and all the more succulent because of it. I find it to be an absolutely great departure from the ordinary; so much so, I added to my original order with a second one. According to Wine Enthusiast, “This wine, from one of Marlborough's oldest winemaking families, is a solid, well-balanced drop, which is particularly impressive considering the difficult 2018 vintage. The nose leads with an attractive combo of ripe fruit bowl aromas (think peach, passion fruit, pineapple and guava) along with flower blossoms and a vegetal and dried herb nuance. Tangy acidity balances fruit weight, a chalky texture and a herbal finish.” Personally, I like it a lot more than Cloudy Bay ($20) and Kim Crawford ($9-$10) along with a host of others in the $20-$30 range. Give it a try. $10 or so.

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