Thursday, December 11, 2008

Monkey Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2007

I liked the Monkey Bay Chardonnay, but this wine is even better--an excellent example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The green pepper smell, a trademark of cool climate New Zealand SB, is immediately apparent. It's intense but not one-dimensional, carrying with it fresh scents of mint, melon and passion fruit. It's light and lively on the tongue, leaving a trail of lovely passion fruit flavors. It's brisk, almost tart, at the front but has a pleasant ripe fruit finish.

Harding's Markets in Kalamazoo is offering a reduced price of $9.99 plus a mail-in rebate worth $2 for a single bottle, $7 for three, $15 for six and $35 for a full case. That's an excellent price for a very good New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A wine like this is enjoyable at any time but will be a special treat next Spring and Summer on the deck or in the back yard.

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