This crisp, fresh and strong Sauvignon Blanc, neatly balanced on a tightrope between the "green" and citric styles, is a favorite; last tasted six months ago, it's changed very little in the bottle since then.
Taltarni 1996 Victoria (Australia) Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99)
Pale straw color. Potent gooseberry and pleasant wet-hay aromas lead into a delicious, crisply citric flavor, lemon-lime and grapefruit, mouth-filling and long. It's not as "outrageous" as the New Zealand style of Sauvignon, but balance and delicious flavor make it a winner. Importer: Clos du Val Wine Co., Ltd., Napa, Calif. (Dec. 3, 1997)
FOOD MATCH: I chose it explicitly to play against the asparagus in a simple chicken-and-asparagus stir-fry, and it handled the role very nicely indeed.
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.||