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Best Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular white wine varietals around the world. It's a green-skinned grape that can produce a light straw-colored wine that has a slight green tint. The flavors in this wine can also run on the green side, with notes of grass and herbs predominating in this crisp, acidic wine. This dry, crisp quality makes it a favorite to pair with fish and shellfish dishes.

There are two main styles of Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes grown in cooler climates will produce less sugar, leading to a more acidic wine that features grassy flavors and bitter citrus peel on the nose. In warmer climates, these grapes are much sweeter, leading to wines with strong flavors of tropical fruit and sometimes candy. In general, the first style is preferred, since the crispness of this wine is what made it popular in the first place. That said, there are plenty of people who love the off-dry quality of a warm-weather Sauvignon Blanc, which is often referred to as Fume Blanc, especially in Northern California.

A relatively light-bodied wine, Sauvignon Blanc is quick to mature in the bottle and is usually best within a few years of harvest. This quick turn-around has made it a popular varietal with winemakers who are just starting out.

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Framingham Sauvignon Blanc

Grown in the mild climate of Marlborough, New Zealand, Framingham Sauvignon Blanc is one of our favorites. This wine is well-balanced, with pronounced minerality and lots of vibrant fruit on the nose. In order to add to its complexity, Framingham aged some of this vintage in oak barrels, which gives it bolder flavors and greater complexity. A gold medal winner, and a wine that's highly regarded by critics, this wine is incredibly well-crafted and will benefit from a couple years in the cellar, though it's ready to enjoy right now.

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Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Grown in the warmer climate of California's Napa Valley, Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent wine with a touch of sweetness. Flavors of vanilla and marshmallow help to offset this naturally acidic wine, while aromas of citrus and ripe fruit make this a well-rounded, complex wine.

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Cakebread Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

With a name as sweet as Cakebread, it should be no surprise that this winery's Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc has the perfect balance between sweet fruit flavors and crisp acidity. Grown in the mild climate of Northern California, the grapes used in this wine have been able to develop the rich tropical fruit flavors characteristic of of Sauvignon Blanc grown at warmer latitudes. The aromas of citrus, kiwi, cantaloupe, vanilla and spice are big and bold, and the flavors of apple, guava, melon, grapefruit, and stone are richly complex and well-balanced. Over this next few years, this wine will continue to develop, and as good as it is now, it's bound to get even better over the next 3-5 years.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

Fermented and aged in stainless steel in order to preserve the crisp, light character of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes, Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is our favorite wine of this varietal for under $20. Though it hails from Washington state, this wine is characteristic of French Sauvignon Blanc, with lots of citrus and fresh grass flavors. Over the past years, Horse Heaven has scored in the high 80's and low 90's. It's not just loved by wine critics, however, this wine is also popular with serious and casual wine drinkers alike. Since it's dry and acidic, it's excellent with a light fish dinner or as a wine to sip on before dinner.

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Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc

The perfect balance between Old World tradition and New World spunk, Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best Sauvignon Blancs out there. This wine is pale yellow in color, with just a hint of green. The nose has citrus peel, ginger, stone, and white flower. Citrus, mineral, and fresh herbs dominate on the palate, which starts of juicy and finishes dry and acidic. This is a bold wine that pairs well with a wide variety of foods, especially fried seafood and strong cheeses.

Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a non-vintage wine with great complexity and incredible consistency. Blended from grapes harvested over the past 14 years, this wine has a bold flavor that doesn't change perceptibly from one year to the next. The aroma has notes of tropical fruit and herb, while the palate shows off the acidity and fruit forward qualities that this grape is known for. Though it's a little on the sweeter side at first sip, the finish is nice and dry with a big kick of acidity. Unlike many vintage Sauvignon Blancs that may benefit from a few years in the cellar, this wine is at its peak now and ready to enjoy right away.

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