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2012 Ballard Lane Sauvignon Blanc 

Central Coast, California

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$10 Retail

Sauvignon blanc is a favorite among wine enthusiasts around the world for its food-friendly, straightforward aromas and flavors. California's Miller family — Ballard Lane's owners — have farmed in the Central Coast area for five generations. Forty years ago, they purchased land in Paso Robles and Santa Maria Valley, planted vineyards and eventually began producing the award-winning Ballard Lane label as well as making wine for other wineries. This wine, 90 percent sauvignon blanc and 10 percent chenin blanc, was vinified in stainless steel and aged in tanks with no oak for eight months prior to bottling. In the glass, the wine exhibits aromas of grapefruit, guava, melon, herbal and floral notes, and flavors of green apple, citrus and white peach on the acid-balanced finish. Drink now and over the next one to two years. Drink it with: oysters on the half shell with mignonette sauce, ceviche, grilled shrimp, creamy vegetable soups, herbed goat cheese and Asian cuisines. Buy it at: Pearl Wine Co. — Brenda Maitland

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