Are you sick of over-the-top grassy sauvignon blancs from New Zealand? If so, let me suggest that you try Osprey's Dominion Vineyards' 2006 Sauvignon Blanc, a steal at $13. I've enjoyed many local sauvignons over the past couple years, but many are at or around $20, making them a little beyond the "summer sipper" price.
Right out of the fridge, this one was a little tight and a bit neutral, but once it warmed just a bit, nice lemon, melon and grapefruit aromas appeared with just the most subtle hints of herbs and a salty-minerally note.
The palate is fresh and clean with subtle flavors that won't knock you over. Instead, the understated zesty citrus flavors with herb and mineral nuances entice the palate, inviting sip after sip.
With terrific acid backbone and a crisp green apple finish, this wine is one of the best value whites on the North Fork.
Grape(s): 100% sauvignon blanc
Producer: Osprey's Dominion Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Rating: (3 out of 5 | Recommended)