Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc Casablanca Valley Chile 2011, $12: American wine critics are over the moon about this one, and for good reason: the passionate bottle design and the flavor explosion of crisp-tart lime, grapefruit, floral notes and herbaceous tones with lovely texture on the midpalate. It’s dry and assertive, with character skewed to experienced palates. The name refers to its original, ungrafted root systems, a rare occurrence today because of the phylloxera disease that forced major regrafting in California and France. It’s widely available at stores, including Kroger; Busch’s; Hiller’s; Market Square, Birmingham; and Holiday Market, Canton and Royal Oak.
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