2002 Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand. $21.00 at Beekman Wines and Liquors, Glen Rock, NJ. Imported by Paterno Wines International; this wine is described at http://www.paternowines.com/wines/new_z ... 8&VIN=2002
Joel Mitchell mentioned that the 2002 vintage had arrived at his store about three weeks ago; he has the impression that this winery is starting to release its wines near the time it reaches peak drinkability. If so, the winery or the importer called it well. This wine was absolutely delicious.
Lovely yellow color, clear hue, wonderful aroma of fruit, light and citrus in the beginning, gaining strength and complexity in the glass, leading to a number of tropical fruit notes, grapefruit, melon, pineapple, all melded very nicely, flavor to match the complexity of the aroma, firm acidity, medium mouth feel, long, long finish. Delicious. 4*+.
Great match with homemade pizza -- a very thin simple crust that cooks in less than two minutes on my 700F grill. All the ingredients have to be warm -- a simple tomato sauce, sweet Italian sausage, green peppers, fresh mozz, and for a few seconds, fresh basil leaves.
A wonderful evening on the deck -- almost perfect food and wine.
Note: this note is cross posted from the Netscape site as part of the Sauvignon Blanc Wine of the Month feature. B.