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SAUVIGNON BLANC

93 Fromm Winery 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough). This is an expressive and downright delicious Sauvignon from a great vintage and a thoughtful producer. Hand-picked and whole-bunch pressed with six months on lees, there’s a refreshing ease of winemaking here. The nose is like unbaked apple crumble combined with notes of lemon verbena and tomato leaf. The texture is gorgeous, with bright acidity and a long lemony, herbal finish. This is good friendly and filled with personality. K&L Wine Merchants. —C.P.

abv: 13% Price: $20

92 Giesen 2019 The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough). Giesen’s lees and barrel aged “The Brothers” is back and, likely thanks to the fantastic 2019 vintage, is better than it’s been in several years. It opens with a delicate perfume of honeydew melon, green-apple slices, black-currant leaf and honeysuckle. There’s a slight burn of sulfur on the palate but overall it’s fruit driven and textural, lifted by a lovely crunch of acidity and a welcome layer of complexity amidst the refreshment. Pacific Highway Wines & Spirits. —C.P.

abv: 13% Price: $20

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