Depending on where it's from and how it's made Sauvignon Blanc can take on many distinct flavor profiles. Taste a well made example from New Zealand side by side with a Sauvignon Blanc from anynwhere else in the world if you need proof that wine can have a sense of place.
The 2006 Sauvignon Blanc from Hall in Napa Valley leads with a citrus laden nose. A hint of guava follows behind it.
The first sip reveals more citrus accompanied by an undercurrent of mineral and a well defined sense of acidity.
Zest comes through heartily on the mid-palate and hangs through the long, lingering finish.
There is a cleanliness to this wine that makes it incredibly refreshing and easy to drink. It's long finish and complexity however make it a Sauvingon Blanc to contemplate.
This is unquestionably a wine to take seriously. Suggested Retail Price is $20.00. However a quick look at Wine-Searcher.com reveals it can be found for as low as $15.00. This is an extremely well made wine easily worth either price.
Some Napa wineries seem to treat Sauvignon Blanc as an afterthought. Just a white wine to pour before the big reds. Thankfully that's not always the case. When made well, Sauvignon Blanc can be a revelation. It's clear that Hall treats theirs with as much care, gentle handling and respect as the rest of their well regarded portfolio of wines.