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FOCUS: NEW ZEALAND
and firm, it's a wine that will please a lot of
white-wine drinkers. § Moët Hennessy USA, NY

120547

92 | Wither Hills

$25

2016 Marlborough Rarangi Vineyard
Sauvignon Blanc ^ The Rarangi Vineyard is
a third of a mile from the coast, on a plain
that ranges from gravelly soils to uplifted seabed, a warm site cooled by the ocean winds.
It produced a juicy, round sauvignon in 2016,
a wine with fruit flavors one taster described
as green plum, another as kiwi. There's tight,
floral acidity surrounding the fruit, giving the
wine a nervous feel, setting it up for clams
roasted with garlic. § Distinguished Vineyards,
Overland Park, KS
120688

91 | Nobilo

120436

90 | Astrolabe

$23

2016 Marlborough Province Sauvignon
Blanc ^ Scents of jalapeño and passion fruit
perk up this yeasty sauvignon, while smoky
earthiness grounds the flavors in a savory
end. This is soft and ready to chill for poached
prawns or other fresh shellfish. § Share a Splash
Wine Co., Healdsburg, CA

$22

91 | Ribbonwood

$31

2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ^
Showing some restraint in its passion-fruit
scents, grapefruit flavors and gentle acidity,
this is the style that originally set the bar for
Marlborough sauvignon blanc. Tart, clean
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$14

88 | Peter Yealands

$14

2016 Marlborough Private Bin Sauvignon
Blanc (Best Buy) ^ This is focused on citrus
flavors, without any of the pepperiness of
pyrazines. It's a simple, firmly stated sauvignon with some earthy notes to keep the
sweet fruit in line. A light white for aperitifs. §
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Woodinville, WA
120977
2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Best
Buy) ^ Round and fat, with lime-pulp flavors,
this has some cider-apple acidity to corral
all its juicy fruit into a clean finish. Chill it
for grilled arctic char. § Palm Bay Int'l, Boca
Raton, FL

120912

92 | Huia

120784

90 | Innocent Bystander

$15

2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Best
Buy) ^ Round and supple, this sauvignon has
intensity and richness to its flavors, pumped
up by toasted-lees notes, even as fruit holds
to the crispness of green apple skin. The
apple and lees notes merge in a clean, juicy,
vinous wine with tight length of flavor. § Old
Bridge Cellars, Napa, CA

$28

2013 Marlborough Pinot Noir ^ Claire and
Mike Allan planted their first vines at their
home vineyard in Rapaura in 1994, now certified organic, as are their other sites that contribute to this pinot noir. It's an old-fashioned pleasure, a savory red-fruited wine
with earthy scents of veal stock, and tomatolike spice to the acidity. Firm, juicy and rich,
this would match meaty roast game fish. § USA
Wine West, Sausalito, CA

$16

2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Best
Buy) ^ With juicy lime and orange flavors
tightened up by a tense, mineral acidity, this
feels both round and structured. It's a delicious match for a salad of poached salmon
and citrus. § Evaton, Stamford, CT
120497

90 | Cloudy Bay

88 | Villa Maria

PINOT NOIR

$21

2016 Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc ^
The town of Martinborough is nestled
between two rivers on the North Island. Allan
Johnson blends this from two estate vineyards on ancient river terraces with opposite exposures-Clouston, just west of town,
and East Base, across town. It's a fleshy wine
that builds from pithy lime-zest bitterness to
fleshier pear and orange-oil notes as it develops with air. Decant it to bring out the wine's
finesse, and to serve with skate with brown
butter and capers. § Negociants USA, Napa, CA
120406

$18

2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Best
Buy) ^ Pink-grapefruit scents cut through this
wine's creamy, leesy texture, firming it up as
it lasts on Key-lime and gooseberry-pie notes.
It's a fruity sauvignon to chill for roasted fish. §
Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., NY
120816

RED

2016 Marlborough Icon Sauvignon Blanc ^
Herbal notes of green tea, marjoram and
sage bring out a red-fruit character in this
sauvignon. It's fresh and tight, lasting on
scents of gooseberries. This is ready to chill
for grilled pork chops. § Constellation Wines
US, St. Helena, CA
120874

91 | Palliser Estate

90 | Saint Clair

OCTOBER 2017

120876

92 | Mt. Beautiful

120940

90 | Totara

$17

2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (Best
Buy) ^ This is a warm and rich sauvignon with
leesy notes and plenty of acidity to balance
the strawberries-and-cream flavors. Pour it
with chicken in a cream sauce. § Opici Wines,
Glen Rock, NJ
120683

$25

2015 North Canterbury Pinot Noir ^ Bold
flavors of red cherry skins fill out the juiciness of this pinot noir. While the oak and the
textural richness make it accessible and satisfying, it has a tension and persistence that
brings out the depths of fruit flavor. It's built
to age for several years, then to serve with
roast beef. § Mt. Beautiful USA, Benecia, CA
120873


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