Waipara, New Zealand; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 26 May
The Wiki entry above does not list the Waipara area as well-known for Sauvignon Blanc, but says that this site has the “highest summer temperatures and the lowest rainfall of any of the New Zealand wine regions.” Maybe that’s why this wine seems riper than most NZ SBs I’ve tried, showing more ripe, almost honeyed, yellow fruit. It shows nice flavors of ripe gooseberry, ripe lemon / yellow grapefruit / green lime, with a hint of something that could even be orange peach or cantaloupe, and a slight minerality. It’s not as structured as the Kaikoura, and of course more expensive, but I found it more overtly yummy, so I still give this a Thumbs Up.
The next day, the rest of the wine was more acid but still delicious. Weinish said of the Petit Le Mont, “My wife and I think this wine goes down almost too easily.” While this more exuberantly flavored and less solidly made wine may not be up his alley, I would say the same thing here. For me, this went down dangerously easily.