NO 2003 North Coast Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
This is a California rendition of what the French would call a "negociant" wine, made by a corporate entity that assembles and bottles wine from various sources and labels them under its own brand name: "NO." The back label explains ... "NO oak aging. NO cork. NO malolactic fermentation. NO attitude. NO kidding." The wine keeps all these promises. It's a simple but pure presentation of Sauvignon Blanc fruit in a very pale straw-color wine with citric, limey aromas touched with just a hint of musky ripe cantaloupe. Crisp, dry flavors follow the nose, tart lemon-lime and musky melon flavors, surprisingly mouth-filling, fresh and clean in a long finish. US Importer: (Nov 16, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A fine match with a dish made to match, a "green" risotto loaded with celery, green peppers, shredded cabbage, onions and garlic and Parmigiano.

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