Holiday Wine Selection: Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc

craggy Every holiday season I select a bottle of wine to give away to my clients and colleagues to express my appreciation for the work I received from them over the year.  In years past my selections included California favorites such as Chase Zinfandel, Clos Du Val Pinot, and Babcock Pinot.  For the first time this year I selected a white wine: 2008 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc

craggy-range This bottle from the lesser known Martinborough region was a standout favorite from my trip to New Zealand last March.  All the major critics including Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine & Spirits consistently rate the 2008 vintage and previous vintages from this vineyard 90 points and above — quite a feat for a Sauvignon Blanc.  At $20/bottle, it’s an incredible value for such a highly rated wine.

Fermented mostly in stainless steel, it has the crisp and light fruity qualities that I love, but the acidity does not overwhelm the palate because 12% of the juice was fermented in french oak barriques.  On the nose you’ll find lime, nectarine, grapefruit, and some faint florals, and on the palate lime, passion fruit, and some minerality.  Serve it nice and chilled with fish or spicy foods like Indian curries.  This wine will be perfect when winter yields to spring and it’s time for dinner al fresco again.

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