Tue 28 Apr 2009
The Palo Alto Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Maule Valley, opens with a burst of pure lime, grapefruit, gooseberry and limestone. This is a snappy sauvignon blanc, fresh and clean and sassy, permeated by the savoriness of dried herbs and grass — think of thyme and hay — with the zesty quality of lime peel, citrus and pear flavors and a rounding out by a hint of damp stones and bracing grapefruit bitterness on the finish. The vibrant acidity makes your mouth tingle. For all this sort of evanescent effervescence, the wine offers real substance and texture. Try with sushi or ceviche, seafood tapas, grilled shrimp, fish tacos; you get the idea. Very Good+ . About $13.
Royal Imports (a division of Banfi Vintners), Old Brookville, N.Y.
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