St. Supéry 2001 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($12.99)
California Sauvignon Blanc (sometimes marketed as "Fumé Blanc") is generally not a category that impresses me. Often a neutral, even bland white wine, it doesn't often stand up to its cousins produced from the same grape variety in the Loire Valley or Bordeaux in France or in New Zealand. But St. Supéry's offering, a frequent award-winner, stands out. It's a pale, straw-colored wine with fresh lemon-lime aromas - well toward the citric end of the citrus-to-grass flavor spectrum that defines Sauvignon Blanc. The flavor is mouth-filling and crisp, adding a pleasant grace note of orange peel to snappy lemon-lime. Fresh-fruit acidity and appetizing citrus persists in a long, clean finish. US Importer: (Aug 13, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's snappy citrus character would make it a natural with seafood or fish, but it stood up well with a more hearty alternative, new potatoes and Italian sausage pan-roasted with green peppers and onions.



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