Ask a short question and you sometimes get a rather long response. Much as is said at both carnivals and whore houses, "you pays your money and you takes your choice"
Assaf, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Light gold in color, medium-bodied, with appealing citrus and tropical fruits on a background of minerals and a tantalizing note of cinnamon. Elegant and long. Drink now-2013. Score 91.
Barkan, Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Bright light gold in color, medium-bodied, with fruits muted at first but opening nicely in the glass to reveal appealing citrus, grassy and herbal notes all with a tantalizing hint of celery seed. Drink now. Score 89. K
Binyamina, Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Pale wet straw in color, fully faithful to the variety, opening with notes of grapefruit and lime, those accompanied by notes of stony minerals and yes, even the traditional hints of cat's pee and asparagus. Aromatic and long. Drink now. Score 89. K
Carmel, Regional, Sauvignon Blanc, Upper Galilee, 2009: Made entirely from Sauvignon grapes, intentionally unoaked. A crisply clean and nicely aromatic wine, light gold in color, with tropical and citrus fruits on a background of stony minerals, citrus peel and a hint of freshly cut grass. Refreshing and with just enough complexity to grab the attention. Drink now. Score 89. K
Carmel, Private Collection, Sauvignon Blanc, 2008: Light golden straw in color with green and orange tints, medium-bodied, with citrus and ripe peaches on the nose and palate, those supported nicely by a hint of freshly cut grass. Straightforward and refreshing, a very good quaffer. Drink now. Score 87. K
Chateau Golan, Royal Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Developed partly in barriques for four months, the remainder in stainless steel. Appealing deeper gold than one usually anticipates from Sauvignon Blanc, medium-bodied, with appealing citrus, apple and light grassy notes, with fine balance between fruits and acidity. Easy to drink but with enough complexity to grab our attention. Drink now. Score 90.
Dalton, Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, 2008: An unoaked white, developed on its lees in stainless steel tanks. The color of damp straw, light- to medium-bodied, showing crisp and refreshing with its grapefruit, pineapple and gooseberry fruits complemented nicely by notes of stony minerals and freshly cut grass. Drink now. Score 88. K
Dalton Estate, Fume Blanc, 2009: Allowed to ferment spontaneously and then developed sur lie in for three to four months in new 500 liter oak barrels, that just to pass on a hint of smoky and spicy wood. Fragrant, and on the nose and palate an appealing smoky quality that comes together nicely with citrus, grapefruit, peach and spicy notes. Fine acidity makes this an easy-to-drink wine but one with just enough complexity to grab our attention. Drink now-2012. Score 89. K
Dalton, Canaan, White, 2008: A floral blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay with a bit of Muscat tossed in. Off-dry, with its sweetness set off by natural acidity and showing pleasant citrus and mango flavors and aromas. Drink up. Score 84. K
Ella Valley Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Blended with 10% of Semillon, showing light gold in color, deeply aromatic with grapefruit and pear, those fruits supported comfortably by lively notes of tropical fruits that toy on the palate. Long and harmonious, easy to drink and simultaneously complex. If ever a wine deserved to be called "jazzy," this is it. Drink now-2013. Tentative Score 90. K
Erle, Sauvignon Blanc, Aroyo Vineyard, Israel, 2007: Light golden straw in color, medium-bodied, showing fine balancing acidity and a light frizzante note, opens to reveal aromas and flavors of citrus, pineapple and tropical fruits, those with a vague but tantalizing grassy note, all lingering long and comfortably on the palate. Don't be put off by the white crystals you see in the bottom of the bottle as those are nothing but tartrate crystals that have formed because the wine was not cold stabilized. Oddly enough most Americans and Israelis perceive these as a sign of a fault in the wine but many Europeans see it as a sign that the wine underwent less manipulation in the winery and is thus "more natural." Whatever, the crystals are absolutely harmless. Simultaneously refreshing and complex, this would be judged a well-made Sauvignon Blanc no matter from where it came. Drink now. Score 90.
Flam, Sauvignon Blanc-Chardonnay, 2009: As always an unoaked, crisply clean wine, this year a blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Chardonnay. Golden straw in color, medium-bodied, showing citrus fruits and flowers, stony minerals and from mid-palate on notes of guava. Refreshing enough to drink in large gulps but complex enough to savor comfortably. Drink now. Score 89.
Galil Mountain, Sauvignon Blanc, 2008: An unoaked white, light straw in color, with a generously aromatic nose and crisply refreshing acidity, showing a tempting array of melon, citrus and kiwi fruits, those on a background that hints nicely of freshly mown grass. Drink now. Score 88. K
Golan Heights Winery, Yarden, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Light gold in color, with a nose replete with tropical fruits, starts off a bit flat on the palate but within moments opens to reveal generous citrus and apple notes all on a light herbal background. Drink now-2014. Score 89. K
Golan Heights Winery, Gamla, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Light gold in color, light- to medium-bodied with a generous array of citrus, apple and melon fruits. Lively and refreshing. Drink now. Score 87. K
Gush Etzion, Alon HaBoded, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Golden straw in color, light and fragrant with generous melon, peach, nectarine and lemon fruits highlighted by notes of freshly picked herbs. Juicy and refreshing. Drink now. Score 88. K
Pelter, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Unoaked to maintain the natural aromas, flavors and liveliness of the wine. The color of damp straw, an "oh wow" white, opening with and maintaining a burst of aromas and flavors, those including tangerine, grapefruit, key lime and papaya, all of which play beautifully on the palate together with notes of fresh acidity and minerals. Fresh and refreshing while simultaneously long and complex. Drink now. Score 91.
Recanati, Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Made from old vines at Kerem Ben Zimra, developed partly sur lie and partly in stainless steel, showing notes of sweet and spicy cedarwood and opens to reveal generous tropical and citrus fruits on a background of ginger and Oriental spices and freshly known grass. Fresh, lively and with enough complexity to grab the attention. Drink now-2011. Score 88. K
Recanati, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Unoaked, with a moderate 12% alcohol, a crisp and refreshing wine with fine acidity to highlight citrus and apple fruits, all with a hint of white pepper on the finish. Drink now. Score 88. K
Recanati, Yasmine, White, 2009: An unoaked blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Emerald Riesling, French Colombard and Semillon. With a moderate 12% alcohol, not having undergone malolactic fermentation, showing floral notes to support citrus and tropical fruits. A pleasant enough quaffer. Drink now. Score 85. K
Shvo Vineyards , Sauvignon Blanc, Upper Galilee, 2009: Light gold with orange and purple reflections, full-bodied, a bold wine with light notes of persimmon and chamomile that float through from first attack to the long finish. Slowly fermented with indigenous yeasts, opens to show peach and aproicot fruits, those supported by notes of roasted hazelnuts, brioche and paraffin. Crisply dry with fine balancing acidity, with a notes of heather and Hymetus honey on the long, long finish. This one will age nicely. Not for everyone but those who do enjoy it will do so with gusto. Drink now-2015, perhaps longer. . Score 92
Tabor, Adama, Sauvignon Blanc, Gir, 2009: Pale straw in color, unoaked, and crisply fresh with aromas and flavors of citrus and kiwi fruits along with a note of freshly mown grass. Medium-bodied, lively and refreshing with just enough complexity to capture our imagination Drink now. Score 89. K
Teperberg, Terra, Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked, 2009: Light golden straw in color, a crisply dry and aromatic, clean and refreshing wine with citrus, citrus peel and light grassy notes, all lingering nicely on the palate and with enough peppery complexity to grab our attention. Drink now. Score 88. K
Teperberg, White, 2009: A blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay, light gold in color, with pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits on the nose and palate, those with just the barest hint of sweetness. Clean and refreshing, a fine entry-level wine. Drink up. Score 84. K
Tishbi, Estate, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: Blended with 4% of Viognier, light- to medium-bodied, almost clear in color, showing pineapple, citrus and tropical fruits on a lightly grassy background. Refreshing and lively. Drink now. Score 85. K
Tulip, White Tulip, 2008: A somewhat odd but quite successful unoaked blend of 60% Gewurztraminer and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. Golden straw toward lemon-lime in color, medium-bodied and deeply aromatic, reflecting an array of aromas and flavors, those including freshly mown grass, litchis, grapefruit and peppermint. Not complex but plenty of fresh acidity to keep the wine refreshing. Drink now. Score 87.
Yatir, Sauvignon Blanc, 2009: With half of the wine developed in used barriques for three months and the remainder in stainless steel, a wine that is simultaneously crisply refreshing and complex, with just the barest hint of the wood to add to its charm. Light golden in color, with fine aromatics and delicious balancing acidity to highlight grapefruit, kiwi, green apple and melon notes all on a background of sea shells and flint. Drink now-2012. Score 91. K