IF YOUR DESTINATION is Kroger or Meijer for last-minute wine purchases for the Fourth, scan the shelves for New Zealand’s Starborough Sauvignon Blanc for a white and Argentina’s Argento Malbec for red. Starborough, with the appealing pale green bottle and starfish label, is one of the hottest-selling premium Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand. You can say the same for Argento with exports to this country that are staggering — much of it headed for by-the-glass sales at restaurants. Top price for Starborough is $15, for Argento Malbec, $14. They usually are discounted.
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2014, $15: This is a crisp, refreshing beauty — it’s the bottle with the starfish on the green label and even a greenish hue to the glass suggestive of the crisp greenish flavors of the wine. Produced off a tremendous vintage for NZ, the 2014, this release has the characteristic crisp, citrusy, herbal flavors of the region with a spine of acidity and a delicate richness in the midpalate. It’s dry, but not austere. Aromas of lime, grapefruit and stone fruit are followed by flavors of citrus, grass, herbs.
Argento Malbec Mendoza Argentina 2013, $13.99: Dark berries, plum, espresso bean and dark chocolate aromas are followed by soft tannins, a good spine of acidity and nice roundness from brief aging in wood. The total package is delicious — it’s the balance and soft mouthfeel that make it so appealing.
You can reach Sandra Silfven at ssilfven@Hotmail.com.