Brancott Sauvingon Blanc

Although, we are usually fans of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, this particular bottle is an exception. The nose is pungent grass, vinegar and vegetable, with unidentifiable and equally unpersuasive fruit lurking in the background. If you are still skeptical about this wines flavor potential, be forewarned, it is pure pickle juice on the palate. When warmer weather beckons for a refreshing white, skip Brancott and turn to this previously reviewed wine.

Kono Sauvignon Blanc

The nose is primarily tropical fruit, with some bell pepper and wet concrete lurking in the background. On the palate, the tropical fruit takes a back seat to citrus—and bracing acidity.

Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc

Pretty much everything you want in a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Plenty of gooseberry, citrus, and siltstone. The palate offers crisp acidity and enticing tropical fruit. (Note: we have recently seen the 2010 vintage in the stores. We hope it is as good as the 2009, but we have not yet tasted it.)

Santa Ynez Valley Winery Sauvignon Blanc

Guava, passion fruit, and grapefruit in the nose; with some minerality on the tongue. On the fruitier side, but nicely balanced.

Charles Shaw Sauvignon Blanc

Offers a nutty nose with a hint of petroleum. On the tongue, there’s none of the bracing acidity one expects from Sauvignon Blanc; instead, there’s a creaminess that suggests malolactic fermentation. Not much flavor beyond some hints of melon. This is really more like a cheap Chardonnay (without the typical butter notes). It’s drinkable. And for two bucks, that’s all you can fairly expect.