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Once again, we continue our series focusing on high quality wines, with wide distribution, that can be found for $20 or less. This week, we’re focusing on Sauvignon Blanc.  So add them to your shopping list, scoff at those more expensive bottles, and enjoy quality, even on a budget. Happy drinking!

Infamous Goose 2016 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough, New Zealand

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

Inviting aromas of citrus fruits, flint, and wild herbs weave together on the nose. Grapefruit, lime, and peach lead the way on the palate, flowing into whispers of minerals and fresh thyme. There’s a welcoming roundness and a balanced acidity in this wine, making it a very good buy for under $15.

Rating: 90

Rodney Strong 2016 “Charlotte’s Home” Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Edna Valley, California

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

Tropical and citrus notes are in harmony with accents of minerals and herbs on the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon are at the forefront of the palate, with touches of minerals and fresh cut grass in the background. Not one of those crisp, mouth-puckering Sauv Blanc, it’s got an inviting roundness and ample fruit.

Rating: 90

Tangent 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Edna Valley, California

Price: 10-15

Tasting Notes:

One is drawn in by a nose of melon, grapefruit, and flint. Green apple and honeydew melon play with suggestions of lime zest and minerals on the palate. Well balanced, with a friendly acidity and welcoming roundness, on the palate, it’s a great wine to open with your favorite shellfish.

Rating: 90

Morgan 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon

Region: Monterey County, Ca

Price: 15-20

Tasting Notes:

There’s some depth on the nose as herb and grass wrap around tropical and citrus fruits. The palate is nice and round with passion fruit, guava, ruby red grapefruit, and lime flavors conversing among a grassy backdrop. It’s California richness crossed with New Zealand herbaceous. A rather unique take on Sauv Blanc.

Rating: 90