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Sauvignon Blanc

TOP PICK

Longboard Vineyards

Longboard Vineyards, 2015 North Coast Sauvignon Blanc, 13.5% alcohol, $20. ★★★★

This sauvignon blanc is a smart buy at this price point because it over delivers. It’s layered with notes of tropical fruit, mineral and a touch of honey. But it’s also dry with bright acid and finishes crisp.

Tasty ALTERNATIVES

Chateau Ste. Michelle, 2014 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 13%, $11. ★★★1/2: This sauvignon blanc is bright and lively. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, melon and mineral. Crisp acidity. Nice length.

Groth, 2015 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, 14.5%, $20. ★★★★: This is a tasty bottling with layered notes of melon, citrus and mineral. It has a creamy texture and a lingering finish. A steal for the price.

Trione, 2015 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, 13.8%, $23. ★★★1/2: This is a floral sauvignon blanc with tasty aromas and flavors of rose petal, peach and mineral. It has bright acidity, yet a lush texture. It works.

Yao Family Wines Napa Crest, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 14.2%, $32: ★★★1/2 A tasty wine with notes of melon, pear and mineral. Floral. Bright acidity. Balanced. Well crafted.

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