Sacred Hill 2002 Whitecliff Estate Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($11.39)
This brass-color wine is clear and rather pale, with light, slightly floral aromas that seem a bit shy at first; but show pleasant white fruit with a bit of swirling and sniffing. It's much more forward in the flavor department, citric and bright, snappy lime and tart, cleansing acidity in perfect balance. US Importer: Halby Marketing Inc., Sonoma, Calif. (Feb 2, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with fresh asparagus with bits of ham in a light saffron cheese sauce over farfalle pasta.

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