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2014 Kirkland Ti Point Sauvignon Blanc 

Marlborough, New Zealand

Retail $8

Sauvignon blanc grapes produce a wide range of aromas and flavors, depending on where the fruit is from and how it is treated in the vineyard and winery. The northernmost area of New Zealand's South Island is an excellent region to produce sauvignon blanc, and roughly three-quarters of New Zealand's wine production originates in the Marlborough region. The area features rocky, sandy soils, rapid drainage, a mild climate and maritime influences that bring out the grape's personality. Vines produce small, concentrated grapes that yield intense aromas and flavors. The crisp citrus characters present in most sauvignon blancs are prominent in this wine, with lemon, lime and grapefruit complemented by the crisp acid of green apple. Alluvial soils help create a clean mineral character with subtle flinty notes, which is balanced by soft and fruity hints of guava and pear. Drink it with seafood, asparagus with hollandaise, cream soups, salads, chevre cheese and dishs with Asian spices. Buy it at: Costco.

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