Sauvignon Blanc is a white grape planted throughout the world, and may also be labeled as Fumé Blanc. It is the signature wine of New Zealand, but is also a major player in the Loire, Bordeaux, Austria, Australia, Chile and California. Wines produced with Sauvignon Blanc can vary in style, from zippy and grassy to lush and tropical fruit-driven. Sauvignon Blanc is also a component of sweet white Bordeaux such as Sauternes and Barsac. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Sauvignon Blanc among our extensive Sauvignon Blanc wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Sauvignon Blanc reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Sauvignon Blanc, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
The name, referring to the flinty soil of the vineyard, says it all. It is a mineral wine that tastes of stony soil, flint and chalk. It has a great core of hardened steel, very firm, surrounded by intense green fruits, filled with apple juice and grapefruit flavors. For aging over 2–3 years.
. Christoph Neumeister’s top wine, this is a classic among Sauvignon Blancs. It is tightly structured, very herbal, with greengage and gooseberry flavors over asparagus and spice. It can age well, needing 3–4 years to reach its peak.
A full-bodied wine, just lightly wooded in character. Its acidity is beautifully integrated with rich lees flavors, grapefruit and bright apple. It is a complex wine, deliciously perfumed and likely to age well over 3–4 years.
With a density of nearly 7,000 vines per acre, and consequent low yields, it is not surprising this is a concentrated, intense wine. It has quintessential herbaceous flavors, rounded out with a creamed apple element and a tight, steely texture. Age for 3–4 years.
This Sancerre-like effort shows amazing concentration and distinct, vineyard-driven flavors of grain and herb. Racy, textural, crisp and penetrating, it’s lifted by a refreshing minerality. Lemon polish, citrus oil, a very delicate suggestion of honey in the nose and mouth, and above all a wonderful persistence make this a standout Sauvignon Blanc.
Regarded as a Styrian Grand Cru, the Kranachberg produces landmark Sauvignon Blanc. In the hands of Wilhelm Sattler, the richness of the fruit, with its almost tropical spice element, is tinged with elegance as well as great concentration. There is a fresh, racy aftertaste.
A brightly acidic, savory Sauvignon Blanc, rich and zesty in lemongrass, lime, gooseberry and white peach flavors, with a touch of white pepper. The firm spine of minerals comes from the vineyard. Very rich and appealingly dry, this wonderful wine will gather momentum in the bottle over the next decade.
The Russian River Valley makes some of the state’s greatest Sauvignon Blancs, in the right hands, and when those hands are Merry Edwards’, you can be sure of what you’re getting. The wine is dry and crisp in mouthwatering acidity, with citrus and lemongrass flavors that have richer tones of tropical fruits. It feels vibrant, elegant and complex in the mouth, a wine…