Cloudy Bay 2003 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($21.00)
Straw-colored and rather pale, it shows a golden glint against the light. Citrus and melon aromas predominate in a fresh and appealing aroma and carry over cleanly into a ripe, juicy and tart flavor, bursting with snappy white fruit and crisp acidity. The signature "jalapeno" and "green chile pepper" Cloudy Bay character, although present as a grace note, seems much less forward than usual, making for a wine that's perhaps less exuberant than usual but correspondingly more balanced. Mouth-wateringly tart lemon-lime persists in a finish as long and shimmering as a distant bell gradually fading into silence. US Importer: Clicquot Inc., NYC. (Jan 11, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with a meatless match contrived to meet the wine's herbaceous flavors: Fresh broccoli, celery and onions blended into a creamy pasta sauce and finished with a bit of butter and lime.

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