We touch on several regions today on this brief survey of sauvignon blanc wines: Lake County, Monterey, Napa and Sonoma in California, the poetic Horse Heaven Hills in Washington, the North Fork of Long Island, and New Zealand’s Marlborough appellation. The wines range for tasty little quaffers to products that display great tone, character and dignity. As usual in this series, I eschew data of the technical, historical, geographical/geological and personal for quick, incisive reviews, ripped, as it were, from the pages of my notebooks, designed to whet your palate and pique your interest. Enjoy, but in moderation.

These wines were samples for review.
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District 7 Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Monterey. 13.5% alc. Pale gold hue; a hit of pure lime peel, celery seed, lemongrass and gooseberry, hay and thyme; very dry but juicy, displaying taut acidity and flint-like minerality and a pleasing silky texture. Very Good+. About $16.
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Illumination Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Napa County 64%, Sonoma County 36%. From Quintessa Estate. With 9% semillon. Pale straw-gold color; green, leafy and gingery; notes of grapefruit and pea shoot, lime peel and lemongrass; unfolds touches of lilac, lemon balm and almond blossom, with the pleasant slight bitterness of almond skin; crisp, resonant acidity and a talc-like texture with a glaze of oak, dry, lithe and supple. Impressive tone and character. Excellent. About $50.
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Kontokosta Sauvignon Blanc 2015, North Fork of Long Island, New York. 13.9% alc. 582 cases. Medium straw-gold; at first, pure lime peel and grapefruit; then, thyme and tarragon, notes of green tea and lemongrass, peach and pear; lovely silky texture with tart acidity; finish of quince, melon and limestone. Excellent. About $25.
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McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand. 13.5% alc. Very pale straw gold; lively elements of grapefruit, pea shoot and lime peel with notes of gooseberry and freshly-mown hay; bright, pert, tart and sassy; unfurls touches of smoke and heather. Very Good+. About $17.
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Mercer Wine Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Horse Heaven Hills, Washington. 12.5% alc. Very pale gold; slightly leafy and grassy, with notes of lime peel and grapefruit, tarragon and fennel and an undertone of celery seed; brisk acidity keeps it lively, while a texture poised nervily between lush and lithe makes a pleasing impression on the palate. Very Good+. About $15.
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Morgan Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Monterey County. 13.5% alc. Pale straw-gold; lemongrass, hay and lilac; lemon and pear, celery feel and fennel; very crisp and pert, with seashell-iodine salinity and minerality, yet a soft unfolding texture; hints of fig and a green leafy quality on the finish. Excellent. About $18, marking Real Value.
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Quivira Fig Tree Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Dry Creek Valley. 13.5% alc. Very pale gold hue; lemongrass, lime peel and grapefruit; green tea, fennel, and thyme; quite dry but juicy with stone-fruit flavors and a leafy-figgy element; a soft haze of oak lends a touch of smoke and spice; lively, animated, suave. Excellent. About $24.
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Sidebar Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2015, High Valley, Lake County. 13% alc. Light, bright gold hue; lemongrass and fennel, notes of grapefruit pith and apple skin; heather and dried thyme; a fluent braiding of zinging acid with spiced pear and peach flavors and piquant notes of limestone and flint; lovely supple texture with intriguing traction at mid-palate. Excellent. About $22.
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Sidebar Ritchie Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Russian River Valley. 13.5% alc. Limpid pale gold color; roasted lemon, acacia and heather; fig, grapefruit and almond skin; quite lively, spicy and engaging; a sleek, suave, lithe texture that borders on elegance, with a fine edge of limestone-flint minerality. Excellent. About $34.
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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars “Aveta” Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Napa Valley. 14.5% alc. Limpid pale gold hue; subtle notes of lemongrass and green tea, lime peel and heather, tangerine and just a tinge of mango; very pure, clean and fresh, with lip-smacking acidity; lithe and supple on the palate; hints of gun-flint and talc, with a finish that builds in intensity. Lots of character. Excellent. About $26.
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Tom Gore Sauvignon Blanc 2016, California. 13.6% alc. With 6% French colombard. Very pale straw-gold; very dry; generic but pleasant; notes of green apple, pear and grass, lime peel and lemon; touch of fig; good acidity and a prominent flint/limestone minerality. Very Good+. About $15.
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Yount Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Napa Valley. 14.3% alc. Pale straw-gold; roasted lemon and spiced pear, fig, thyme and tarragon; hints of lime peel, pea shoot and lemongrass; sleek, slightly talc-like texture riven by vibrant acidity; close to dense and chewy, a note of gardenia on the finish. Just lovely. Excellent. About $38.
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