This wine sparks a sensory explosion. It’s Sauvignon Blanc with a honeyed/pineapple core wrapped in lime zest, grapefruit, guava and kiwi. It’s the midpalate blast of tropical fruit that carries through to the finish. Oh, yes, there are notes of grass and herbal notes, but they are integrated. It’s made off various sub-Napa Valley appellations, chosen for the character they can impart to the wine. This is restaurant-quality wine. You don’t have to pay $30. It’s $17 at the wine shop. It’s the Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011.
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