Price Range: $15–$18
- Ready to Drink: Immediately upon release
- Great recent vintages in New Zealand wine: 2009, 2010° °=all-time great vintage
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Vibrant, exhilarating burst of guava upon a haze of fresh citrus that characterizes this wonderfully tropical rendition of Sauvignon Blanc. Naturally, this bottle hails from . . . New Zealand? Don’t ask how the magic happens, just chill and relax to this irresistible, all-weather pleaser through all of nature’s four seasons. At $18, the estate grown DOG POINT Sauvignon Blanc goes beyond value. First class and distinctive—the minerality and steely backbone of this white wine is so precise against the rush of fruit—the wizards of winemaking who put together this obvious labor of love come from a place and sense of purpose that truly define the best of modern winemaking. –J.M.
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