MASSICAN Sauvignon Blanc 2018

(California) $31

One day in Friuli, in northern Italy, I was invited to a garden party and arrived to find everyone clustered around something at the far end of the lawn. I made my way over and discovered that the object of attention was an old Italian woman who was taking fresh picked sage leaves, dipping them in chestnut flour batter, then frying them crisp like potato chips and serving them with cold glasses of an Italian sauvignon blanc. It was a died-and-went-to-heaven pairing. I was reminded of that wine by this Massican Sauvignon Blanc (“inspired by the sauvignons of northern Italy” says the label). It’s tight, sleek, minerally and exudes that resiny sage character that’s so fresh and bold. Inspired indeed. (13.5% abv)

92 points KM

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