Kevin makes a mean chicken piccata. Like better than any restaurant I've ever been to, especially when we have it with this local, handmade parsley and garlic pasta. Seriously, probably in my top three meals we make at home. The recipe Kevin uses calls for white wine, and I always like to find a good Sauvignon Blanc for it. It's a great wine to have on hand just for this reason... especially with a screw top! When I saw that there was a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the famous Sauvignon Blanc region of Marlborough on the Total Wine Top 20 for 2017 list, I thought perfect! Into my basket it went.
- Producer: Greyrock
- Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2016
- Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
- Where I purchased: Total Wine
- Price: $14.99
When I first poured this wine, I was a little taken aback because it was so clear! It just had the slightest tint of yellow to it. You definitely get a handful of grapefruit on the nose, but also some green pepper. You may even be able to call it jalapeno because it almost smells spicy! These aromas are not a surprise given the Sauvignon Blanc is from the New World. The wine has a short finish, meaning the flavor doesn't stick around on your tastebuds for a long time. I would say it was less acidic or mouth puckering than other Sauvignon Blancs I've had. I'm not sure that it's better than the Sauvignon Blancs you can get at the grocery store (for example, Starborough) that are usually a tad cheaper and don't require a second stop, but if that doesn't bother you, this is a definitely a good option! The mellower flavors and acid will definitely appeal to many.