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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Taltarni 1996 Victoria (Australia) Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
Very pale greenish-gold. Lovely fresh-hay, green-olive and light citrus scents, none of the controversial "cat-spray;" poised in balance between the poles of Sauvignon Blanc. Ripe, juicy citric fruit flavor, grapefruit and limes; crisp and tart and quite mouth-filling (it's high in alcohol for a Sauvignon Blanc at 13.5%); round and balanced and long. Very fine wine, a great match with grilled salmon. Importer: Clos du Val Wine Co., Ltd., Napa, Calif. (Note: As many of you know, Australia's Taltarni and Napa's Clos du Val are related through winemaker-brothers Dominique and Bernard Portet, respectively.) (June 24, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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