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SAUVIGNON BLANC

June 21, 1999 • Bailey-Cannon Wine Merchants

All wines were excellent and, except for the Peter Michael, stylistically similar. The discussion was nearly free of negative comments about any wine. Although this was our smallest session in terms of number of wines and number of panelists, all agreed it was one of the best overall selections of wines we've assembled.

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Vintage, Varietal or Type
Appellation -$ price

Consensus Tasting Notes
#Rank
Buying Advice

Babcock
1998 Sauvignon Blanc
Santa Barbara "Eleven Oaks"
- $22.00

Clear, light greenish; pleasant herbal, grapefruit aroma with a hint of mint and apricot; similar flavors; quite tart; light-body; very long, very tart finish.

#1
Very Highly
Recommended

St. Supery
1998 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley - $9.50

Clear, pale yellow; attractive, sweet, melon, lime and citrus aromas; citrus and prominent mineral flavors with a hint of grass; light-body, with a juicy, quite mouthwatering quality; long, pleasant finish.

#2
Very Highly
Recommended

Isabel
1998 Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough New Zealand - $16.

Clear, bright, light yellow; pleasant, intense, grassy, faintly acrid, grapefruit aroma; medium body, mouth-filling; tart, grapefruit with mineral flavors; med-long, tart finish.

#3
Highly
Recommended

Mason
1998 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley - $12.

Clear, very pale yellow; sweet, lemon-lime, citric and grassy aromas; pleasant, grapefruit rind flavor; light to med-body; slightly tart, long finish.

#4
Highly
Recommended

Sanford
1997 Sauvignon Blanc
Central Coast - $12.

Clear, straw yellow; pleasant, sweet alfalfa, grass and pineapple aromas with a hint of spice; lemon, melon and honey flavors; big, rich, med-body; very long finish.

#5
Highly
Recommended

Peter Michael
1996 "L'Apres-Midi"
Napa Valley - $30.

Clear, bright, light yellow; pleasant, lemony, melony aroma with some barrel-fermentation character; med-body; oaky, tart, grapefruity flavors; crisp, tart finish. (stylistically different from other wines).

#6
Recommended

This panel included Deanna, Glenn, Marlene, Jim and Greg.
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