Kim Crawford Rosé 2017

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Kim Crawford
Varietal: Rosé
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Hawkes Bay
Retail Price: $18.99

Tasting Notes: A vivacious and expressive rosé offers bright pops of tart fruit with a beautiful marriage of acidity. The energy and balance give it a wonderful finish. 

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Brancott Estate Letter Series Pinot Noir

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Brancott Estate
Fanciful Name: Letter Series
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Marlborough
Retail Price: $32

Tasting Notes: Intense Ruby red, with purple notes. Lots of spicy black fruit on the nose, followed by a palate dominated by more of the same spice notes, and dark fruit. Great texture and a balanced finish make for a complete and well-produced wine.

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Fire Road Pinot Noir

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Fire Road
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Marlborough
Retail Price: $15

Tasting Notes: Dark and bright ruby red, across the glass. The nose and palate share a common thread of cherry and bright berry fruit. The finish is balanced, with elements of spice, texture and balancing acidity. Excellent for the price!

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Martinborough Vineyard Home Block Pinot Noir

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Martinborough Vineyard
Fanciful Name: Home Block
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Martinborough
Retail Price: $65

Tasting Notes: Bright, medium-dark ruby in the glass. The nose and palate exhibit great intensity, with complexity and balance. A wonderful example of New Zealand winemaking.

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Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Loveblock
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Retail Price: $22

Tasting Notes: Tasty, lip-smacking goodness of white peach and fresh fig. Balanced acidity with a pleasant lingering finish. A pleasure to sip and enjoy with shellfish.

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Kia Ora Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Kia Ora
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Retail Price: $9.99

Tasting Notes: Clean with a citrus heavy, passion fruit and characteristic lemon and lime notes. This Marlborough wine is a refreshingly good example of value sauvignon blanc that delivers on its promised richness and drinkability.

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Murdoch James Sauvignon Blanc 2015

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Murdoch James
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Martinborough
Retail Price: $18.99

Tasting Notes: This wine is from Martinsborough on the North Island of New Zealand where the wines are quite distinct from their Marlborough cousins. Pale straw in color with a slight green hue, this sauvignon blanc opens with aromas of lime and stone fruit. On the palate, you will discover flavors of lime, pear, melon and green apple. The finish is dry, crisp and clean with mineral flavors.

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Twin Island Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Twin Island
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Marlborough
Retail Price: $16

Tasting Notes: A zesty nose with notes of lemon, green apple and grapefruit. Medium-bodied with pronounced grapefruit flavors and good intensity. A perfect example of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

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Jade Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Jade Cove
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Marlborough
Retail Price: $17.99

Tasting Notes: The lemon and lime notes dominate this bright and bold sauvignon blanc, with its high acidity and powerful mouth feel rounding everything out. No shortage of power or wow factor, this pure fruit-driven Marlborough wine is a picture perfect example of rich-yet-fresh and approachable wine.

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Cottesbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Cottesbrook
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Marlborough
Retail Price: $16.99

Tasting Notes: The lime and passion fruit-heavy flavors deliver a clean and elegant New Zealand sauvignon blanc with the 10% barrel-aging treatment giving a structural element that complements the fruit. This more serious wine from Marlborough is a refreshing, complex and elegant “step up” from the well-known standards.

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