By Kori ~ March 11th, 2010.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that wonâ€™t break your budget and is widely available? Many of our readers have said this is something they would like, so here is this weekâ€™s selection, the 2008 Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$15
- Must be widely available
Regular readers know that as far as white wines go, we Wine Peeps love Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. But as far as Mom (LaGayle) is concerned, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is the best wine period. Therefore, today, in honor of Momâ€™s birthday, I thought it was fitting to feature one of her favorite go-to wines.
The Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc is consistent from vintage to vintage and widely available. It is crisp, refreshing, and an excellent sipper no matter whether you are sitting on the deck on a sunny afternoon or curled up with a book on a winterâ€™s evening.
In the 1940â€™s, Nikola Nobilo emigrated from Croatia and planted some of the first commercial grapevines in New Zealand. He was one of the pioneers responsible for the worldwide popularity of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
â€œLight yellow in color with green hues and brilliant clarity. A distinctive bouquet of ripe tropical and citrus fruit. Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with flavors of lemon, passion fruit, and melon. Crisp and zesty, the palate has excellent weight and balance, lingering in a full, refreshing finish.â€ â€“Winemakerâ€™s notes
2008 Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand): Greenish straw yellow and very aromatic. Gorgeous aromas of grapefruit, grass, lemon zest, apricots, and melon come through on the nose; grapefruit, lemon, and green apples on the palate. Light-bodied, extremely crisp and refreshing. Well-balanced with a long finish. A classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Fred Meyer (Seattle, Washington), $9.99; Available elsewhere, $9 to $14
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, New Zealand Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wines Under $10, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25